Boy, did that stir up a can of worms!
I guess it all depends on 'what' we are referring to when we say 'rarest Toyota'. Are we talking rarest ever built? Rarest still in existence? I agree with Ben, that most of the concept cars ever built, if they even still exist, are probably some the rarest Toyotas around. Also many of the early Toyota race cars are very rare, since many were dismantled after they were retired (even the famous time-trial 2000GT is a 'reproduction').
But what about actual production vehicles? Yes, the 2000GT
is rare, even from the beginning since only 300+ were ever built. My friend Luc has a wonderful website all about the 2000GT
, but in French, so if you want more facts on that car I recommend getting Shin Yoshikawa's book 2000GT. But, besides the 2000GT there are a lot of early models (that even most Toyota enthusiasts don't know about), that might be considered some of the rarest Toyotas still around - from the early G-series trucks
and first production car, the Model AA
(of which only reproductions exist - no originals!), and other A-series sedans (Model AB
and Model AC)
, the Model SA
(Toyota's return to passenger vehicle production after the war), the Toyopet Super
, Toyopet Master
, Toyopet Corona ST10
, Toyopet Masterline
, as well as a number of other early trucks
and buses. Who knows how many of any of these vehicles still exist, even in Japan? Sounds like a good job for one of our Japanese correspondents!
Michael - Collector of Toyotamobilia ~ www.toyotageek.com
Tomica Fan Club ~ www.tomicafanclub.com