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Civilization, Imported Cars, and the Birth of Domestic Production
In the late 1920's, Ford and GM opened auto assembly and production in Japan. Fords and Chevrolets then spread throughout the country. Later, domestic automotive technology progressed thanks to a few determined craftsmen, and Datsuns and Toyota Model AA passenger cars were born.
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Panhard et Levassor
Panhard et Levassor This is the closest existing model of the first automobile to arrive in Japan from overseas. An example of the actual automobile was acquired on loan from Deutsches Museum in 1998 and put on special display, and this scale model is based on it.
Locomobile Steam Car
Locomobile bought the rights for the steam engine car from the Stanley Company two years after it was first developed in 1897 and immediately went into production. The production of the first Locomobile model was probably in the same year that an American in Yokohama, Thompson, imported one through his trading company. It resembled the 1887 Stanley Runabout. With its sandwiched leaf spring-style suspension, a steel chassis, and wooden body. With more than 300 connecting pipes making up its boiler, its two-cylinder engine was driven by steam pressure. Locomobile Steam Car
Yamaba's Steam Car
Yamaba's Steam Car This 10-passenger steam car was the first automobile to be domestically produced. At the Fifth Domestic Industrial Exposition, held in Osaka in 1903, a man of wealth from Okayama was inspired by the display of American automobiles. He then had Torao Yamaba build this car.
The Yoshida-shiki "Takuri"
This automobile was commissioned by Imperial Prince Takehito Arisugawa, the
"Imperial Prince of Automobiles," who ordered Shinataro Yoshida and Komanosuke Uchiyama to build it. It was the first domestic, gasoline-powered automobile built in Japan. About ten were constructed, and because people at the time thought it made a rattling noise when it ran, they nicknamed it the "Takuri," which is a shortened form of the Japanese onomatopoeia for "rattle.
The Yoshida-shiki "Takuri"
T.G.E. Model A Truck
T.G.E. Model A Truck This was the first truck Tokyo Gas and Electric (T.G.E.) completed and was the first model to serve as an official military truck. In 1931, the company named the truck "Chiyoda," and continued to produce military trucks until 1937.
The Tokyo Municipal Bus "Entaro"
Based on the Ford Model TT, this 11-passenger bus ran the streets of Tokyo following the Great Kanto Earthquake. This is the car whose proliferation brought the automobile to the forefront of the people's minds, instead of city trams or trains. Incidentally, the nickname "Entaro" was given by the local people after a popular rakugoka, or a traditional Japanese comic storyteller. The Tokyo Municipal Bus "Entaro"
Otomo
Otomo Junya Toyokawa, founder of Hakuyosha, after first manufacturing industrial tools and machinery, set his sights on a car manufacturing appropriate to Japanese conditions. Approximately 300 units of the Otomo were produced as a result. Later, the Otomo was the first domestic car to be exported when they were shipped to Shanghai.
Ford Model A
When Ford first built its assembly factory in Yokohama in 1925, it started making Model T's. The Model A is a modification, built to reflect American design changes. Some Model As are used as taxis(takushii in Japan),which were nicknamed the "Entaku." Ford Model A
Chevrolet Phaeton
Chevrolet Phaeton When GM first built its assembly factory in Osaka in 1927, they built
Chevrolets. As you can see on this display, both these automobiles were built with right-side steering wheels. This marks them as Japanese productions, and these pieces are important, living witnesses to history.
Toyoda Model G1 Truck
This was Toyota's first truck, a pioneering feat accomplished by Toyota Motor Corporation's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda. In order to become a certified company according to the Automotive Manufacturing Industries Law (established in 1936), this unit was rushed to completion and sale. 379 units were produced at a maximum payload of 1.5 tons. Toyoda Model G1 Truck
Toyoda Model AA Sedan
   
Toyoda Model AA Sedan The first passenger car manufactured by Toyota. This was the first auto to use the then-advanced American "streamlining," and was built with an emphasis on comfort. When it first went on sale in Nagoya, its store price was 3,350 yen. 1,404 units were produced.
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