30 Apr '14, 12am
New auto exhibit coming at @AACA_Museum Motoring Mysteries of the Far East, May 16-Sept. 14
Even with these early beginnings, seeing any of these products in the United States was a rare sight, even up into the late 1960s. Many factors contributed to this including: Unfavorable feelings due to previous wars and conflicts (along with the industry policies and regulations that followed); America’s desire to have bigger, faster, more luxurious cars to travel on the new superhighways; Plentiful cheap fuel prices; as well as lack of infrastructure to support vehicle importation. Most vehicles were brought into the States by ex-servicemen coming home who were stationed overseas. In the November 1952 issue, Popular Science reported that, “The new models…are small, low powered and poor in performance, but they are rugged and cheap to run”. Toyota opened its sales headquarters in Hollywood California on October 31, 1957, and started selling Toyopets and Land Cruisers the ...