You could be forgiven if the name “Toyota” conjures notions of beige suburban normcore. But you’ve probably forgotten the sensuous 1967 Toyota 2000GT and a raft of other exciting cars the company has built over the years.
These cars are highlighted in Toyota’s Torrance, Calif. museum. Sure, it has the first car the company sold in the U.S., the 1958 Toyopet Crown, and the first one built in the U.S., the 1989 Camry.
But among the dutifully responsible adult cars that brought home the corporate paycheck are the excitement machines that too many of us have forgotten. Shoot, there was a time when even the Corolla was a racy rear-drive hatchback.
Don’t forget that the company has enjoyed success in NASCAR and IndyCar, and for a while Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers dominated sports car racing in Toyotas.
Take a look at ten exciting cars from Toyota’s history that leave us hopeful for more such machines in the future.
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