From what I can figure out, the AB's are the roadsters, so we can figure this isn't one of them (unless I'm wrong on that assumption, someone tell me).
AB is a Pheaton or 4 door open touring car.
The chrome trim could be irrelevant for a variety of reasons. There's a good chance, IMO, that during a production of the A series that lasted through ten years of nearly handbuilt cars, they probably offered different trim on the side of it,
There was no separate side trim, the two 'swage' lines were pressed into the sheetmetal with the lower (wider) one being highlighted by a gold 'coachstripe' being painted on.
And sadly I doubt that anyone big at Toyota reads our forum.
You may be surprised who read our forum.
The AA was heavily based on the Airflow.. no wonder they look very similar. Chassis and electrical copied from Ford. What Ford?
Source - Wikipedia
Don't believe everything you read in Wickepedia, as fast as theose who really know correct the wrong information, those who don't know didly squat replece it with even more incorrect rubbish.
It's a long story but during the '30s Kiichiro Toyoda travelled to the US and spent time learning about the manufacture of motor vehicles. On his return to Japan he set up the Automobile Department within the Toyoda Aitomatic Loom Works. He liked the style of Chrysler and the technology of General Motors Chevrolet. He had also studied the life and philosophies of Henry Ford recommending that his people read Henry's biography 'My Life And Work'.
His first car mimicked the avant guard styling of Chrysler's advaced Airflow models and the chassis/drivetrain technology of GMs Chevrolet division. There was nothing taken from Ford other than Henry's never give up approach and strong work ethic.
Model AB Phaeton - 353 cars were built. These cars were specifically built for military use. There is only one AB
The Toyota Automobile Collection has two restored ABs, a black one and a peach coloured one.