The early and odd life of the Japanese auto industry on display at the Petersen museum


The first Tokyo Motor Show opened in a public park in April of 1954 with eight manufacturers that together built a combined 70,073 vehicles that year, roughly the number of vehicles that the Ford Motor Company alone was building every 17 days back in the USA. From such humble beginnings sprang an industrial Goliath, and today several Japanese automakers rank among the largest producers in the world. To examine and celebrate early Japanese auto manufacturing and the surprisingly creative spark that lay behind an industry commonly known for turning out inexpensive and efficient appliances, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opens a year-long exhibit entitled “The Roots of Monozukuri.”

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/05/25/japanese-auto-industry-at-the-petersen-museum