The oldest Toyota has been found

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Only 1,404 examples of Toyota’s first passenger car, the Toyoda Model AA, were built in the six years of production from 1936 to 1942. In Russia a 25-year-old student had apparently noticed the car for sale in a local newspaper advertised as an Airflow, but the student was convinced of the car’s true identity. The Model AA had been owned by a Siberian farmer since World War II, and in 60 years in the family’s ownership it had been used extensively and been heavily modified. Until recently it was thought that none of these cars had survived to this day. Even Toyota itself had been forced to fabricate a ground-up replica of the Model AA because an original example could not be found to exhibit at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Japan. But news of a 1936 car, one of only 100 units built in the very first year of Model AA production, came from within Russia.After a seven-month negotiation process with the owners and Russian Ministry of Culture in Moscow, the Toyota Model AA was secured safely in a container and transported by train from Vladivostok to Moscow. Then to the private car collection at the Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. on the back of a container lorry.the Toyota Motor Co.'s name was chosen primarily because it was composed of eight ‘lucky’ strokes when written in Japanese.[video4]