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First US Model Toyotas - What were they made of?
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April 27, 2009, 3:42:47 AM
My mother in law (the all knowing) is insisting that they were of fiberglass construction and thats why they were light weight and cheaper than US models (at the time).

All the research I've done online, I cant seem to find out if the cars were steel construction (even though I'm 99.9% sure they are).

Can anyone point me to a location to show this info to my MIL?

Thanks in advance,

April 27, 2009, 12:30:39 PM
I find it highly unlikely. The first ones were, as I recall, Toyopet and Land Cruiser. They were lighter than US models because they were much smaller, had slower acceleration (despite their lighter weight), and, I believe, were not designed for the "abusability" of the better American entry-level cars. (That is, you would not want to drive them off-road for any length of time.) Toyota was smart enough to go back to the drawing board and adapt their next car so it was far better suited to American drivers. They remained lighter because they remained smaller, and were sized for small engines rather than bigger ones. American automakers were stuck with American perceptions that the six cylinder was as small as you should get...

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