Like so many other Japanese car firms Toyota started making cars quite late in motoring terms. The first car rolled off the production lines in 1935. Mass production was slow to take off for Toyota, steadily growing throughout the 1950s and 1960s. By the mid-1960s Toyota were producing over half a million cars per year, mainly for the home market, although cars were now being exported around the world.
By the 1970s and 1980s, Toyota was firmly established as a producer of well built, if slightly uninteresting, saloon and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Today Toyota is one of the worlds few independent companies and its cars, particularly the Land-Cruiser, can be seen in most country's throughout the world.
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Arguably one of the most beautiful cars in the world, this 1 of 351 Toyota 2000GT will be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum auction in December
Stunning Toyota 2000GT heads to auction
Superb private collection of Toyotas is now open to the public in Cologne, Germany, free of charge – but only once a month
Doors open at German Toyota Collection
The first affordable, mass-market mid-engined sports car to come out of Japan, the Toyota MR2 Mk1 was – and still is – brilliant
Toyota MR2 Mk1 Buying Guide
Toyota GB is holding a competition at the Vintage Sports-Car Club's Pomeroy Trophy next February to find out who has the best classic Toyota in Britain
Competition launched to find Britain's best classic Toyota
Toyota for sale