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Friday, August 15, 2008

Toyota Automobile Museum

I’m not really deep into cars (what I’m sure I cannot acquire, I’d rather not fantasize about). :-)
But even if my interest falls primarily into their utilitarian aspect, getting inside a place filled with cars in all the forms they have taken through the years, somehow changed my perspective. Uncharacteristically, the exposure I had into the history of car-making managed to amaze and amuse me.

And that, I would agree, would not be uncommon, as such reactions come quite handy when one visits the Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagoya. This was the museum built by the world’s biggest car manufacturer solely for the purpose of showcasing mostly vintage cars – the cars that have fascinated the world over time. As a tribute to its founder Kiichiro Toyoda, Toyota collected both the real ones, if available and replicas, if such have already been dumped into the dustbins of history.


The good thing about the museum is it’s not centered on Toyota alone – it also has on the line-up other models built by competitor-manufacturers. That makes the visitors’ experience more comprehensive as they fully grasp the evolution of the cars we see today.

I am featuring here some of the cars that attracted my awe and admiration. I would have placed the model names alongside the pictures, but on second thought, it seems I’m more inclined into knowing whether my readers are car aficionados.

Might as well give a gift to whoever gets to identify the most number of models. Dare? He he.

12 comments:

MakMak said...

"what I’m sure I cannot acquire, I’d rather not fantasize about"

- LOL. I like your principle. :P

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

that red vehicle is cute...

actually, they all look like matchboxes. really2 cute.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ok yung topic..saka yung model year ng sasakyan..teka nga at mahanap ang old magazine ng kuya ko..mahilig kasi yun sa collection,collection ng magazine ha,hindi ng car..he he he.

The Islander said...

very cute toys for the boys... ang go-glossy pa.. whew!

BlogusVox said...

Kakatuwa nang mga vintage cars nayan. Cute at parang mga laruan.

The Gasoline Dude said...

Nyahaha! Akala ko naman car show na, museum pala. Kaya nagtataka ako, "Asan na 'yung mga seksing promo girls???" *LOLz*

Stanley said...

I like the last one. Imagine driving to school/work in that...... =) Cheers!

Abaniko said...

I think I saw cars of the green model when I was in Japan. I wonder if it's expensive. It looks like a futuristic car driven by drivers in shiny futuristic suits. :)

Dakilang Islander said...

meron palang ganito ang toyota...lahat ang kukyuttt...

caryn said...

i loved this museum. heehee. i had a photo-op in their BMW convertible; my mom thought i had bought a car in tokyo when i showed her the pic. heehee.

wilma said...

aniya boss ko dati collection na mga cars...vintage cars...hehehehehe...

aniya liwat siray 2005model sports car na...

i miss to see that...

pwede bang akin na lang ung red? hehehhe

ian said...

there's something about cars that brings out the macho afficionados in all of us nonenthusiasts =] i had the same feeling when we were in the BMW factory and museum in South Carolina... thank you for reminding me that those pics need to be shared pronto!