Who’s Toyota, and when did it start making cars?
Toyota is one of the world’s biggest car brands, making a name for itself as a purveyor of the third most reliable thing after death and taxes.
And yes, a great many of these vehicles were about as interesting as an investor prospectus for an envelope factory. However, for an even greater many buyers, a car is a tool, appliance and method of conveyance, and the idea of choosing idiosyncrasy and emotion over practicality and reliability is akin to choosing a toaster with racing stripes even though it’ll burn the bread on one side and leave the other untouched.
Toyota started as an incorporated business in 1937, but it had already started making cars back in 1936 as a subsidiary of a textile company. As you do. And no, these cars weren’t made from flax or anything like that – in fact, they were eerily similar to the American and European cars of the time. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that.