Toyota Museum Torrance Race Car Room
Opened in January 2000, the Toyota Museum in Torrance, CA houses a collection of milestone vehicles representing Toyota's history in the U.S. It is valued at over $17 million, and includes vehicles dating from 1958 to 2013, as well as a considerable assortment of motorsports vehicles.
The museum is open to the public, with reservations required. To schedule an appointment, contact Susan Sanborn at 310-468-8726 or email email@example.com.
The Toyota Classic 1936 is a replica of the Model AA originally introduced to the public in 1936 as Toyota's first passenger car.
The Toyopet Crown was the first passenger car sold by Toyota in the U.S. It was also the first Japanese automobile to be exported to the American mainland.
The Land Cruiser, introduced in 1958, was one of the first models sold by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. It was first tested in 1951, climbing the sixth station of Mt. Fuji – the first motor vehicle to accomplish this drive.
The first-generation Corona was the first high-volume vehicle sold by Toyota Motor Sales, and featured the most potent power package in its field. It was Toyota's first passenger car designed for the American driver and roads, and was an immediate success.
Photo by Toyota
The Toyota 2000GT appeared as a prototype at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show and was introduced as a production model in 1967. Toyota hired British model/actress Twiggy to stand alongside the car on stage at the 14th Tokyo Motor Show in October 1967. Twiggy went on to own #10130, and the car appeared in the British TV sitcom Ugliest Girl in Town.
Photo by TJ Keon
The 2000GT appeared in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Bond actor Daniel Craig named the 2000GT as his favorite Bond car.
Toyota's first attempt at the pickup industry, the Stout was marketed as a tough work truck that could handle like a passenger car.
Many consider the 2000GT as the first highly collectible Japanese car. Some have sold at auction for as much as $1.2 million.
This was the second year of the first-generation Corolla. In 1970, the Corolla became the most popular import in the U.S. and would become the world's all-time best-selling passenger car with more than 30 million units sold in 142 countries.
The first "sporty" car in Toyota's linuep to be sold in America.