In addition to the regular exhibits at the Toyota Automobile Museum, some heritage vehicles are held in the Museum’s backyard storehouse. The 10 most popular of these, determined by a survey of Museum visitors between February and May last year, and are on display until April 7th.
- This is your chance to see the custom open-top Toyota 2000GT “Bond Car”, one of only two made especially to fit Sean Connery for the 1967 movie “You Only Live Twice”.
- There’s also a 1982 De Lorean DMC-12 which features the iconic gull-wing doors and a stainless steel body. The car became synonymous with the movie “Back to The Future” in which it was modified to make it a time machine.
- The 1995 Toyota Sera was the first car with gull-wing doors that was affordable to the general public.
- Those who were here during the Showa era will fondly remember the Toyota MR2 which was a sports car driven by young people and endlessly modified with new engines and all manner of mufflers to stand out from the endless crowd of white cars.
- Racing fans will doubtless be attracted to the Toyota 7 Turbo which was developed to win the ultimately canceled 1970 Japan Grand Prix.
- The 1953 Mazda 3-wheeled truck was a popular delivery vehicle in post-war Japan.
- The Toyota 2000GT Speed Trial from 1966 is a replica of the automobile that won 3 world and 13 international records, showing the world that Japan’s automotive industry was on the rise.
- The 1969 Toyota 2000GT Model MF10, a full fledged Gran Turismo that surpassed the international standards of the time with beautiful style and outstanding engine performance.
- The 1972 Toyota Corolla Levin (“lightning” in Old English), participated in rallies and other motor sports events.
- Rounding out the exhibition is the Toyoace from 1959, which contributed to Japan’s reconstruction after WW2.
Of course while you are at the museum you will want to take in all the other cars from the main exhibition both foreign and domestic. One of the favorites is Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential limousine. Who would have thought it would end up in Japan?