Amazing collection of cars in free museum is about to figuratively set off at sunset.
In September, we were saddened to see the closure of Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari, one of the most accessible and enjoyable places to swim in downtown Tokyo. This week it’s time to say goodbye to another awesome thing in the same neighborhood.
Odaiba district City Palette The entertainment complex, which opened in the spring of 1999, is entering a sequential closure before the redevelopment of the land on which it stands. Among the current tenants of the building is the Toyota Megaweb City Showcase, which contains the History garage collection.
With Toyota running the place, there are, of course, some great samples of the company’s product line of yesteryear, like this charming 1969 Toyota 2000 GT, powered by a Yamaha engine.
Not so sporty, but still exuding its own charm, is it 1967 Toyopet (one of Toyota’s sub-brands) Crown.
But the Megaweb History Garage is not only a place for Toyota to show off its own heritage, but also to celebrate that of other manufacturers, such as in the form of this immaculate 1971 first generation. Nissan z.
There’s even period decor, like this facade of an Izakaya pub and car garage from the Showa era in Japan some 50 years ago..
The History Garage isn’t just limited to Japanese cars, either. There are examples of beefy american iron too much.
▼ This fine-tastic 1959 Chevrolet Impala the convertible seems ready for a Friday night cruise to the local malt house …
▼ … just like this 1964 Ford Mustang.
To 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, one of the most iconic sports cars ever built
▼ And for those who prefer luxury to sportiness, a 1959 Cadillac 62 Series
European cars are also represented, with a number of very distinctive designs like this 1954 Messerschmitt KR175.
▼ The unusual shape is due to the passenger being seated behind the driver, as if they were in a two-man bobsleigh.
Meanwhile, the reason the 1960 Bmw isetta 300 looks like it is because the entire front end is a door that opens to the side to allow the driver to enter.
▼ An impeccably maintained 1957 Volkswagen Beetle Type 1
▼ A very old school 1945 MC TC Midget
And even if you’re more of an anime enthusiast than a reducer, you’ll probably still recognize the 1962. Fiat 500D…
… Since thief master Lupine III drove a 500 in the unforgettable car chase sequence in the film directed by Hayao Miyazaki Animated film Cagliostro Castle.
Speaking of memorable moments in the movies / behind the wheel, arguably everyone’s delight at the History Garage is nothing more than…
… it’s 1981 DMC DeLorean, also known as the “Back to the Future Car”.
Since it is in stock, it does not have the various cosmetic accessories of the one with which Marty McFly began his driving adventure. The museum sometimes hosts special events where fans can climb inside, which our Japanese-speaking journalist Seiji Nakazawa was quick to do on his visit.
Although she didn’t transport it in the 1950s, the car is still something of a time machine of sorts, as sitting inside gave Seiji an idea of how she must have felt about them. new buyers 40 years ago.
Sadly, December 31st is the last day for the garage in history, and at the end of the day, the Megaweb Toyota City Showcase, which also features a car-focused book and souvenir shop, cafe, road test class, go-kart track, and food shop in activity, will close permanently.
When we asked what will happen to the cars, a Toyota representative said they were not free to give us exact details, but reassured us that the cars would not be run over or scrapped. Apparently that means they’re going to be in storage, but the more notable ones will likely be on display in the future at one of Toyota’s other exhibition facilities. We believe the most likely suspects would be the Tressa Yokohama Mall in Kanagawa Prefecture, the Toyota Kaikan Museum, the Toyota Automotive Midland Square Showroom and Sanage Adventure Field in Aichi Prefecture, and the Mall Colorful Town Gifu Raanbow in Gifu Prefecture.
Unfortunately for Tokyoites, with the exception of the Tressa Yokohama Auto shopping center, these are all quite far from the capital. But after all, they are cars, so going far is very much in line with their original vocation, even if it is sad to see them go.
Related: Megaweb historic garage website
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