Since we were in Japan for the Tokyo Auto Salon, we think that it is just right to extend our motoring enthusiastic minds by attending the Toyota Megaweb’s History Garage. It is situated in the small manmade island of Odaiba, which isn’t very far away from Tokyo.
After loads of oohs and ahhs looking upward to Gundam’s massive crotch at Diver City nearby, we headed towards the History Garage and where we laid our eyes on pristine conditioned, exquisite vintage cars. Toyota wasn’t the only manufacturer to display their cars, though.
Fact: Toyota is the fourteenth-largest company in the world by revenue; the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production volume) and in July of the same year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle and is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. The History Garage is also home to many historical accounts of vehicles, as well as their TV commercials. It was a very nostalgic experience, I must say.
There is a also the ever-so-immaculate Nissan Hakosuka to jizz the GTR fans, the Delorean that made famous in the time travelling movie, the Toyota LeMans car, the Tofu seller Hachiroku, the Celicas and the Carinas and more. Even the F1 car was on display with its full informational breakdown to add to your wonders.
Downstairs, there is a Grease Cafe for you to digest all there is for your auto memorabilia needs over a hot cup of coffee. From miniature cars to the insignia you can hang on your wall, there is everything you can buy to decorate your garage. You can even buy most of the stuff here to make your garage look cool and vintage-ish. And by the counter was an entrance that will take you to the restoration area of History Garage.
There were a couple of veteran mechanics working on a few cars, restoring them to their original glory and thoroughly cleaning the cars before displaying them. Yeah, they do alter the vehicular line up from time to time. This will keep visitors coming, and by doing this, they have already seen familiar faces making regular visits to the Garage. You can also talk to them about anything and anything related to Toyota. They have laid their hands on every one of them. Lucky old timers, very lucky.
And for the kids, or maybe even us adults, there is a go kart circuit for a bit adrenalin pumping action during the cold season. Not as big a circuit, but it’s just fun to go around for a bit, after all that walking. The one you must not miss is the Toyota 86 taxi ride piloted by racing drivers around the so called ‘Toyota City.’
All told, we truly recommend you to pay a visit to Toyota Megaweb’s History Garage if you are as fanatical about automotive history, not just about Toyota’s, but everything else that falls under the automotive umbrella. All that matters too. We bet you are going to be feeling slightly nostalgic and sentimental when you leave that place at the end of the day. What can I say, it’s a good thing after all.
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