Interesting... much more complete car. I agree there is a LOT that leads us to believe it might be a Toyoda, but one odd thing on this 'new' car is the trunk/boot. According to the reproduced vehicles and all the old photos I've seen, to the best of my knowledge the AA or AC didn't come with a boot. A custom add on perhaps?
Where is this one from and how old or recent is the photo?
I'm working on getting in contact in Japan and have made some advances, so hang tight.
For those that were asking, here is some background information on the AA and AC and a few other A Models...
- There were reportedly 1,404 Model AA units built and these cars were used as taxis and government vehicles.
The AA at the TAM is a reproduction, because Toyota could not find a real AA.
At World War 2 the Japanese army needed more steel for tanks, airplanes and ships. Imported steel was not available in Japan during WW2, so the Japanese army collected any steel products (watches, toys, spoon & fork, autos), to make new steel sheets for military use. It has been assumed that all AA were scraped for military weapons.
- only 115 AC were built. The AC at the Toyota Automobile Museum is also a reproduction. No known original AC exist today.
Model AB Phaeton
- 353 cars were built. These cars were specifically built for military use. There is only one AB.
I've also wondered about other early Toyota like the AE, BB, and BC - did any survive? Or do we only have old photos to know them by? My sources in Japan tell me that no confirmed AE, BB, and BC exist today. However there are rumors that Toyota may have some AC and AE.
Michael - Collector of Toyotamobilia ~ www.toyotageek.com
Tomica Fan Club ~ www.tomicafanclub.com