Whenever an automaker erects a museum, it usually houses its own vehicles in it. For example, there’s the BMW Welt in Germany, the GM Heritage Center in Michigan, and the super-secret Honda museum in California. But if you happen to be in Japan, then you can head on over to the Toyota Automobile Museum and check out its latest inclusion: a first-generation NSX.
The Acura NSX was so good, Toyota just had to have one
The Toyota Automobile Museum is located in Nagakute city near Nagoya and was built to celebrate its own automotive history and milestones and the milestones of its competitors. We have to say, that’s some pretty good sportsmanship. Especially considering the museum now includes a serious competitor from Toyota’s main rival – Honda.
Upon further contemplation, Toyota including an Acura NSX (the Honda NSX in Japan) makes sense. The NSX made its U.S. debut in 1990 and showed the world that a supercar can be powerful, comfortable, and easy to drive all at the same time. It rose in popularity throughout the 90s and was produced for over 15 years and spanned two generations, which is a testament to its superb engineering and build quality.
On the other hand, Toyota never produced a mid-ship supercar to rival the NSX. Yes, there was the Supra, but that car is special in its own way and the MR2 wasn’t exactly supercar status.
The NSX isn’t the only non-Toyota car in the museum’s lineup
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In addition to the first-generation Acura NSX, the Toyota Automobile Museum also houses a number of other Honda-made vehicles. According to Carscoops, there is also a first-generation Honda Civic, an N360, and an S500 in the mix. But it’s not just Hondas and Toyotas that grace the museum floor either. As stated before, Toyota likes to celebrate the success of other brands.
That being said, if you were to peruse the different floors of the museum, you would see a plethora of cars that Toyota has collected throughout the years. Some of the most notable models include a Bugatti Type 57, a Chevrolet C1 Corvette, a Fiat 500, and a Ford Model T. But if you’re really into cars from the “Land of the Rising Sun,” then you’ll also get to drool over Japanese models like a Nissan Skyline, a Subaru Impreza, and a Mazda RX-7.
There are also special exhibits at the Toyota Automobile Museum
In case you ever are in town to check out the Toyota Automobile Museum, you’ll also be able to experience the different exhibits that it has from time to time. The current exhibit on display – which will go from October 30, 2021, to April 17, 2022 – centers around the various Japanese cars that competed in the World Rally Championship (WRC) over the past 50 years. Those cars include the Datsun 240Z, the Toyota Celica GT-Four, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
If you need tickets or would like more information on the Toyota Automobile Museum, you can check out their website.