Toyota USA Automobile Museum

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Toyota USA Automobile Museum
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Location 19600 Van Ness Avenue
Torrance, California
Coordinates 33°51′07″N 118°19′02″W / 33.852016°N 118.317165°W / 33.852016; -118.317165
Type Automobile museum

The Toyota USA Automobile Museum is an automobile museum located in Torrance, California, adjacent to the Toyota Motor Sales USA. The current 45,000 sq.ft. location had its grand-reopening on its 10th anniversary. It is the only Toyota Museum outside Japan; the Toyota Automobile Museum is located in Nagoya, Japan.

Purpose of museum: To preserve a collection of significant model offerings and milestone vehicles representing Toyota’s history in the United States. This collection is maintained by the TMS Corporate Communications Department. It currently consists of more than 100 Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars and trucks, dating from 1958 to 2013 as well as motorsports vehicles.

Special exhibits[edit]

  • Hollywood/Futuristic: the Lexus “Minority ReportTom Cruise movie prototype, three very rare Toyota 2000GTs, along with a poster of the James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice”, where the car appeared, plus a cutaway drawing and technical schematics
  • Racing: Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s famous off-road stadium truck; GTP race cars; a Long Beach Grand Prix historical photo wall; and the Chip Ganassi Target Champ Car, NASCAR, and the Land Speed Record Prius.
  • New Brand: the recently introduced Scion xA and xB and tC vehicles
  • Environmental: The Prius, an early mass-produced gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle, along with a cutaway drawing
  • Design: CALTY studio concept drawings, clay and 3-D fiberglass models
  • One of a Kind: several serial No. 1 vehicles from U.S. and Canadian manufacturing plants, along with some pre-production prototype vehicles

The Toyota USA Automobile Museum is open for tours and meetings by appointment only.

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