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Toyota Crown Has Had Many Unique Models In The Past

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TEXT: 近藤暁史(KONDO Akifumi)  PHOTO: TOYOTA / AMW

  • 4th generation Toyota Crown
  • 4th generation Toyota Crown
  • 4th generation Toyota Crown
  • 4th generation Toyota Crown
  • 9th generation Toyota Crown
  • 9th generation Toyota Crown
  • 9th generation Toyota Crown
  • 9th generation Toyota Crown
  • 9th generation Toyota Crown
  • 1991 Crown Sedan
  • 1983 Crown Sedan
  • 1987 Crown Sedan
  • Crown Comfort
  • Crown Estate
  • Crown Estate
  • Crown Estate
  • 4th generation Toyota Crown

There have been unique line-ups in the Crown’s long history

Many people may have been surprised when the new Crown was unveiled. The information that it would be an SUV had already been available, so that made sense, but it was surprising to see a sedan and a wagon in the lineup. Is this the Crown? Some people were really surprised. But looking back at the history of the Crown, there have been some unique line-ups and the conservative model known as the Royal Saloon. Let’s check some unique Crowns.

4th generation Crown nicknamed the Whale

With its rounded design, known as the spindle shape, it is known as the Whale Crown. It is a popular model today because of its rarity and uniqueness, but at the time it was too eccentric, and its sales weren’t successful. Even when the new model was launched to the public, it was said that ‘a Crown must be as it should be ‘. It was also the first Crown to use a saloon as a model designation.

9th generation got a distinctive rear view

This was the next controversial model. The reason was simple: the rear end was rounded. But at the time (1991) when Crown-like features were important, this caused a big problem and sales were slow. At times it lost out to its competitors, such as the Nissan Cedric and Gloria. A minor change brought a hasty design change to the rear styling, which became more Crown-like. After that, there were no more hardtops with challenging designs.

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