Hmmm... that was helpful... but once again we have some brochures that dispute the 1959 version. http://picasaweb.google.com/toyotarefer ... aCrown1959
Both of these brochures, which are clearly labeled as 1959 and US versions, show the RS22 version of the Crown as '59 models. Now, again, I'm not trying to take these brochures as 100% factual, but two different brochures that say the same thing... are we entirely certain that the white '59 on the flatbed trailer is actually a 1959?
MAYBE -- Maybe both the RS-L and RS22 were sold in '59? That would explain things.
Regarding the dates of the cars in the photos - those from Japan come from the description plaques that were with the car. Most of the cars were from either the Toyota Automobile Museum and Annex, the Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and MEGA Web. All those photos were taken by me during various trips to Japan.
The US cars include one from the Toyota Museum, all the others are privately owned. As far as the one on the trailer, I can only go by what the owner told me at the time he sent me the photos - according to him it was a 1959. Of course he could have been wrong
I have some pictures of two other Crowns at the Toyota Museum in California, but I need to locate them (I'll post tem up when I find 'em).
Okay, I checked out some books at work and that I have at home. These books are Parts Catalogs for the various Crowns and date from May 1958 through to July 1960. Here is what they had listed:
CROWN MODEL NUMBERS FROM 1958 TO 1960
RSL (1958) Toyopet Crown - R engine 1453 cc
RS20 1959 Toyopet Crown
RS21L 1959 Toyopet Crown Deluxe
RS22L 1959 Toyopet Crown Custom
RS27LV 1959 Toyopet Crown Custom Station Wagon
RS27LG 1959 Toyopet Crown Custom 4 door Station Wagon
RS32L 1960 Toyopet Crown Custom - Engine 3R
RS37LG 1960 Toyopet Crown Custom Station Wagon
And here is what I found in the Tiara Parts Catalogs (1961 to 1963):
RT20L Toyopet Tiara Sedan - Engine R 1453cc
RT26L Toyota Tiara Pickup
RT26LG Toyota Tiara Station Wagon
RT30L Toyota Tiara 1900 - Engine 3R-B 1897cc
Since I don't have all the books that covered all the various models, this list is not at all complete, but hopefully helps in figuring out some of the model designations.
I will post up some photos from these books tomorrow.
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