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The release of the Toyota 86/Scion has not only breathed new life the enthusiast car market. it’s breathed new life into the brand itself. There was a period where it seemed had completely given up on making fun but that’s changed now and we can hope the 86/FR-S are just the first in a new of exciting Toyota vehicles down the line.

With new-found excitement over the swirling in my head, I recently a visit to the Toyota USA Automobile in Torrance, California, located down the street from American headquarters.

I’d never Toyota’s US museum before, and was at the sheer size of the facility. Of Toyota is one of the planet’s biggest and their US roots go back to In other words, there’s  of history to be told at this

Through the 45,000 square collection of preserved and restored vehicles, as well as those by third parties, the museum cars and trucks of every and era. From their models…

…well into the modern

It’s not just production that are on display at the museum, but group of race cars represent the history of Toyota in North America.

The 1958 Crown should a good to start as it represents the first passenger car sold in the United America in the late ’50s was a of huge cars with styling and powerful engines, so the and underpowered Crown never caught on among car buyers in the Instead of giving up though, went back to the drawing to build a car that better to American buyers.

The car that came back with was the (seen on the left), originally for the 1965 model year. The proved to be a success and pushed down the road to huge in the US market.

At the same time the had built a strong reputation for in the United States with the Cruiser, which first on sale in 1958.

As you would expect, the Toyota USA has many examples of the Land in its collection spanning the model’s history.

The Land Cruiser the unique distinction of being the Toyota model offered in the States continuously from day one all the way to the

Here see a ’64 model year Land Cruiser sitting the retro-styled FJ Cruier introduced in

Of course the legendary 2000GT is at the museum. This car is actually one a few in the

There’s actually a specific of the building dedicated to the history of the including period posters and articles as well as a complete of the car’s Yamaha-developed inline

One of the things I liked most the museum is hot the displays are divided by up by With this you can really see the of each nameplate right in of you.  Here we have a ’69 which marks the first of the breed sold in the US.

By 1970, model year of this two-door wagon) the Corolla had the most popular import in the United States, surpassing like the Volkswagen Beetle.


One of my personal favorites of the museum’s of Corollas is this ’83 Corolla SR5

Acquired from the original back in 2002, the Corolla is in condition down to the 13″ rallye wheels and Yokohama tires.

on hand is an ’87 Corolla FX hatchback at the NUMI factory in Fremont, I did notice the collection lacked an of the AE86 Corolla, but we all know how it is to find ANY stock AE86, let one in “museum condition”.

While was no AE86, I did find an absolutely example of an ’83 Starlet. Us enthusiasts the Starlet for being an extremely FR platform to build from, but it was new the Starlet was known for its incredible economy numbers. 44MPG and 54 MPG highway according to the info with the car!

The pickup has been extremely important to success in the US, and the museum includes from every generation of truck.

Toyota’s journey into the truck market began the Stout in the mid 1960s. Powered by a four cylinder engine, the proved to be capable work that delivered impressive economy numbers compared to the domestic pickups.

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By 1969 the was replaced by the even smaller which truly established in the truck market and helped the new “minitruck” segment.

In the following Toyota’s American truck continued to expand. The massive Tundra is just the latest in the

The Toyota Camry isn’t for getting car enthusiast blood but you can’t dismiss just how the Camry car has been to Toyota’s in the United States.

This Camry LE is a prototype model represents the first Camry in the US.  Year after since its introduction the Camry has at or near the top of American sales I’ll go ahead and wait here while you call mom and tell her that her Camry is a piece.

Love it or hate it, I couldn’t out the Prius – another hugely car for Toyota as represented at the museum by first generation model.

move on to something just a bit exciting now – the Celica area.

One of the desirable cars in the entire is surely this ’71 Celica The first generation Celica won American car buyers by providing pony car styling and an enjoyable experience in a compact and economical

Another standout from the of the Celica is this 1990 model. With so much on the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi it’s easy to forget Toyota also was a big player it came to all wheel drive fun.

It was the also from the line that the Supra was This model represents the iteration of the Supra which was a stretched out Celica with an six in place of the Celica’s four

Also in this area is a example of the 1982 Celica

There a few cars that represent the 1980s than the flared Celica Supra. was the badass car to have in the era when I, and I’m many of you were born.

immaculate ’93 Supra Turbo the final (as of now at least) generation of the Even though it’s 20 old now, the JZA80 still dream car status among

There’s so much to show the Toyota Museum that need to continue this in another post. Next we’ll check out some historic Toyotas, as well as vehicles and of course the race

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