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Toyota Sedan Model AA

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Toyota Sedan Model AA

This Toyota Sedan Model AA vehicle is a replica of the first 1936 passenger car, originally manufactured and sold under the name “Toyoda” (トヨダ), which was derived from the family name of the company’s founder, Kiichirō Toyoda.  Later that year “Toyota” (トヨタ) was selected as the new company name which was registered in 1937 as the Toyota Motor Company.

The Toyota AA’s sales price was more than 10% cheaper than Ford or GM cars and a total of 1,404 AA sedans were produced from 1936 to 1943. The AA was a fully enclosed 4-door sedan with a metal body on a metal ladder chassis. The rear doors opened backwards as suicide doors. (A “suicide door” is the slang term for an automobile door hinged at its rear rather than the front.  The nickname is mainly due to the design’s propensity to injure anyone entering or exiting if the door is hit by a passing vehicle.)

Toyota Sedan Model AA

  • Title:                            Toyota Sedan Model AA
  • Manufactured by:    Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, later renamed Toyota
  • Production:               1936–1943
  • Assembly:                  Koromo, Japan
  • Body style:                 4-door sedan (AA)
  • Layout:                       Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
  • Powertrain:               Engine 3.4 L Type A I6 (original)
  • Transmission:           3-speed manual
  • Dimensions:              L 4,737 mm (186.5″); W 1,734 mm (68.3″); H 1,737 mm (68.4″)
  • Museum:                    Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology


  • Name:              Toyota
  • Japanese:         豊田 佐吉
  • Industry:          Automotive
  • Founded:         1937
  • Founder:          Kiichiro Toyoda
  • Employees:      364 thousand employees


“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
– Japanese Proverb


Photo Credit: 1) JOM