Toyota plans rare inside view
Toyota Motor Sales USA plans to give the public a rare peek into its history.
The Japanese automaker will open its Toyota USA Automobile Museum on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. After that, it will be available by appointment. The address is 19600 Van Ness Ave. in Torrance. The phone number is (310) 468-8726.
The museum includes a history of Toyota and features more than 100 Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars and trucks dating to 1958, along with more than a dozen historic Toyota racing vehicles. The vehicles on display include:
- The 1967 2000 GT, one of the stars of the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice.” A racing version of the 2000 GT also is on display.
- The championship winning Toyota off-road stadium racing truck.
- A 1958 Toyota Crown, the first Toyota sold in America.
- A 1965 Toyota Corona, Toyota’s first high-volume car in the U.S.
- A 1986 Corolla, the first Toyota built in the U.S. Several other serial No. 1 vehicles marking the launch of production at various U.S. and Canadian plants are also on display.
- Original Lexus and Scion models first launched in the U.S.
-- Jerry Hirsch
Photo: 1967 2000 GT. Credit: Toyota Motor Sales