Section 8. Debut of the Toyopet Crown, a Full-Fledged Passenger Car
Item 3. Development of a Full-fledged Passenger Car, the Toyopet Crown
First true Japanese passenger car
Toyota's first passenger car is the Toyoda Model AA passenger car, which was designed in 1935 using the Chevrolet and the Desoto as a reference. This was listed in the catalogue as a standard sedan, but that meant standard from the viewpoint of an advanced automotive country like the United States. Given the conditions in Japan at the time, this was a large passenger car and couldn't be called 'standard'.
The Model AA passenger car unmistakably formed the basis for subsequent car design and manufacturing technology however, and Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. independently developed Japan's first true passenger car, Toyopet Crown, based on this technology. In other words, with the arrival of the Crown the first standard sedan was created that was suited to Japanese conditions.
In a car magazine of that period, an article titled, 'The new Toyopet. A splendid Crown of international standard. A practical Master' tells the following about the launch of the Model RS Crown:
I don't think I am alone in feeling more strongly now that the new Toyopet is 'exactly as one would expect of Toyota'. We feel genuine relief for the sake of Japan-built cars, as it greatly deserves to be admired as a car with not only a build and functionality of an international standard, but also with suspension and braking systems designed in consideration of Japanese roads and circumstances of use. This certainly wins our full approval as a domestic car.1
The Crown thus attracted high praise as a domestic car that took Japanese conditions into consideration. While establishing the specifications that would be the benchmark for Toyota's passenger cars, it also exerted great influence on future domestic passenger cars.
The typical equipment and mechanisms that the Model RS Crown was fitted with are generally below.