From 1936 to 1942, 1,404 of Toyota’s first passenger car were produced, the Model AA. It was widely presumed that every single AA had ceased to exist after almost 80 years, with a replica even being created to exhibit at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Japan - but the world was wrong.
Last year, it was revealed that one of only 100 1936 AAs produced still survived in Russia, owned by a Siberian farmer and his family since World War II.
The heavily modified vehicle had been used extensively on the farm land, having been converted from right to left-hand drive, having a radio installed, new windscreen wipers fitted, a replacement grille and Soviet-era truck wheels.
The priceless, irreplaceable car was carefully transported in a container by train across Russia from Vladivostok to Moscow then on the back of a container lorry for its last leg to Western Europe. Watch the highlights of its journey here.
Unexpected and thought to be impossible, 80 years after production, the only remaining 1936 Toyota Model AA - and the oldest Toyota in existence - now makes up part of the private car collection at the Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.
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