Akio Toyoda was recently overseeing his business empire in Finland, when he came upon a vintage Toyota Crown. According to Toyota, the CEO was astounded to come upon the S40 sedan in a rural Finnish village, still looking as if it was brand new.
Toyoda was reminded of his youth, “The distant memory of a day when I didn’t yet have a driver’s license,” he said. In particular, “the thin handle, the silver shining fender mirror,” really brought him back. Toyoda called the appearance of the Crown in such an exotic place “a miracle.”
Toyoda was in town in late August to look for sites for the Gazoo WRC team’s new headquarters, and apparently saw the presence of old Toyota as a good omen. In fact, Toyota has a long history in Finland, and the country was one of the earliest adopters of the marque.
“I hope everyone can meet these people,” he continued.
Toyoda also pulled out an old black and white photo of himself as a child, standing beside a Crown. “We are full of gratitude for those who care about old cars,” he remarked.
The preservation of important cars is a topic Toyoda has been passionate about since he took the reins in 2009 to the car company his grandfather, Kiichiro Toyoda, founded. “I want to grow a rich car culture by little,” Toyoda said.
Images courtesy of Toyota.