Toyoda Model AA: Finding the world’s oldest Toyota

Only 1,404 examples of Toyota’s first passenger car, the Toyoda Model AA, were built in the six years of production from 1936 to 1942.

Until recently it was thought that none of these cars had survived to this day. Even Toyota itself had been forced to fabricate a ground-up replica of the Model AA because an original example could not be found to exhibit at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Japan.

So when news of a 1936 car, one of only 100 units built in the very first year of Model AA production, suddenly surfaced from within Russia, the discovery was met with a degree of scepticism. Nevertheless, even the most remote opportunity to uncover an example of the world’s rarest production Toyota had to be followed up.

Further investigation by specialists at the Louwman Museum revealed that the car was indeed genuine. The Model AA had been owned by a Siberian farmer since World War II.

During more than 60 years in the family’s ownership it had been used extensively on the land and been heavily modified. At some undetermined time it had also been moved from deep within Siberia to the outskirts of Vladivostok, where the farmer’s grandson now lived.

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The video below, kindly given to us by its new custodians at the Louwman Museum, documents some of the arrangements surrounding the purchase and transportation of the vehicle. It marks the culmination of a protracted, seven-month negotiation process with the owners and Russian Ministry of Culture in Moscow, which eventually granted approval for its exportation.

Now with the necessary documentation the Toyoda Model AA was secured safely in a container and transported by train from Vladivostok to Moscow. The final leg of its journey to Western Europe was on the back of a container lorry.

Prosjekt biler på stallen

Hvorfor legge ned så mye tid på og samle info og historik på gamle Toyotaer?

Ren entusiasme selvfølgelig.

Og av samme grunn, så begynner lageret av prosjekt biler å bli stort. Jeg kommer tilbake med mer info og linker til info om disse prosjekten.

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1966 Toyota Crown Wagon

1972 Celica Cupe ST1600

1974 Toyota Carina 2 dørs TA-12 ( kun delebil )

1975 Celica Cupe ST1600

1975 Toyota Crown Custom Wagon 2,6

1977 Toyota Celica ST2000 Liftback

1977 Mazda Cosmo 121 ( ok det er en Mazda, men virkelig en entusiast bil )

1979 Toyota Celica Supra 2,6 EFI

1984 Toyota Celica Liftback

1990 Lexus SE250

1991 Toyota Soarer 4,0 V8 UZZ-32 ( utseende som en SC400, bare mye mer unik )

1992 Toyota Camry 3,0 V6 ( om noen år, så finner du ikke disse lengre… )

1994 Lexus SL400

1998 Lexus LS400 ( for ny, men noe unikt om noen år )

1999 Lexus LS400 ( for ny, men noe unikt om noen år )

Jeg kommer tilbake med mer info. Bilder, videoer og tekst 🙂

 

Da ble ClassicToyota.no åpnet igjen

Da er Classic Toyota .no tilbake på nett.

Da siden fortsatt er en av mange sider i Bildilla systemets mangfold, så skal siden nå få jobbe utelukkende med stoff rundt klassiske Toyota og de første versjonene av Lexus.

Jeg føler at vi må ta med Lexus sine elste modeller her inne også, da det råder en det feil info om disse også.

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Siden vil være på Norsk, og noe stoff på Engelsk. Jeg vil også prøve å ta opp tradisjonen med bilhistorik for vær modell. Men dette vil naturligviss ta mye tid, så vær tålmodig…..