If you’ve been to Tokyo you’ve likely visited MegaWeb, Toyota’s showroom in the Odaiba shopping district. The History Garage section has a rotating collection of classics, and typically you’ll be able to see a Toyota Sports 800, Mazda Cosmo Sport, Hakosuka Skyline, and more. And while seeing a Toyota 2000GT is nice, if you go right now you’ll be treated to a display of even rarer vehicles — trucks of the Showa Era.
These are the trucks that played an integral role in Japan’s post-war reconstruction and economic growth. Vehicles include an extremely rare 1953 Mazda CTA-series 3-wheeled truck. Behind it is a 1953 KC-series pickup by the now-defunct manufacturer Ohta and its claim to fame technology, a floor-mounted four-speed transmission.
Toyota was a pioneer of semi-cab-over-engine trucks in Japan, having released their first ones in 1954, and given the name Toyoace in 1956. These trucks were instrumental in the shift from three- to four-wheeled commercial vehicles in Japan.
Other trucks include (from left to right) 1962 Toyota Corona ute, a 1960 Datsun G222 pickup, 1965 Honda T360, and 1960 Daihatsu Midget DK2. According to the exhibition, in the 1960s there were many more trucks produced than passenger cars, but these days such workhorses are practically extinct so this might be your one and only chance to see them. The exhibition continues until February 16, 2020.
Images courtesy of MegaWeb.