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Toyopet Crown/Toyopet Masterline (RS/RS20/RS30). 1955–62 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan, 3- and 5-door wagon. F/R, 1453, 1897 cm³ petrol, 1491 cm³ diesel (I4 OHV). Mid-sized (by Japanese standards) family car, the start of Toyota’s longest-running nameplate. Designed in-house, apeing US models of the 1950s. Suicide rear doors. Independent front suspension, live rear axle. Conceived for private purchase—hence more comfortable than the basic Toyopet Master—but favoured by taxi operators. Acclaimed by local buyers, who felt the Crown was a major step forward for an all-Japanese car. Heavy, and diesel (from 1959, Japan’s first diesel passenger car) particularly underpowered. Larger 1·9 from 1961. Good for Japanese urban use and the rough roads of the era, and even finished in the Australian rally (the start of Toyota motor sport), but poor for American highways, with stability and refinement issues, and the 1·5 insufficient to get up a highway on-ramp. Toyota wound up posting a substantial loss at the time in the US. The Toyota Origin was modelled after the original Crown.

Manufacturing location: Japan

Marque: Toyopet | Model: Toyopet Crown | Successor: Toyopet Crown (S40)

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