Famous Toyota Cars in CinemaBy maigne on August 10th, 2018
What are the most iconic Toyota cars that have graced the silver screen?
- Toyota Tacoma SR5
- Toyota 2000GT
- 1993 Toyota Supra
- 1979 Toyota Pickup Truck
- Toyota Tundra
Aside from the many brilliant, iconic stars and actors that have come and gone, Toyota cars have also been known to shape the face of many a timeless film. The beauty of Toyota’s automotive design has conquered virtually every aspect of our modern culture – from the luxuries of the Toyota Camry to the reliable durability of the Toyota Vios here in the Philippines.
Movies are one of the highest forms of entertainment. But more importantly, cinema is considered a form of art because it has the intrinsic ability to tell us things about ourselves. A single scene and the succession of certain images have the power to significantly shape the course of one person’s life.
Without further ado, here’s a look at some of the coolest Toyota cars that have made their way into the world of cinema:
Toyota Tacoma SR5 from Back to the Future (1985)
For the first vehicle on this list, we can’t go wrong with a film that has encapsulated the imagery and style of the 1980s. Back to the Future is a movie that continues to rings its echoes and tantalizes first-time watchers even to this very day!
Although Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine is indeed the true automotive star of this film, the Toyota pickup certainly does not take a backseat with its supporting role. Marty’s 4×4 looks just as cool today as it did in 1985. In fact, on the film’s 30th anniversary, Toyota recreated the very same truck from the movie!
Toyota 2000GT from You Only Live Twice (1967)
This is another signifier of Toyota’s first-rate style and world-class allure as a car company. Once a car has been featured in a 007 film complete with gadgets and gizmos, you know that it’s one of the best in the globe. This 2000GT was specifically made for the film and is even noted as Daniel Craig’s favorite Bond car!
1993 Toyota Supra from The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The movie that sparked an eight-film franchise that powerfully embodies this era’s affection for intense car chases paired with awesome one-liners. In this movie, the Supra was a piece of junk until restored and spruced up to the point that it actually beat a Ferrari!
1979 Toyota Pickup Truck from Toy Story (1995)
Although this is arguably the more ‘deep-cut’ and obscure Toyota vehicle on this list, Toy Story is a movie that shaped an entire generation of kids. It also brought it in a new legion of adult fans with its charming cinematic splendors, ingenious storytelling, and innovative animation. The yellow Pizza Planet delivery truck with only the letters “YO” remaining on the back, was definitely a salute to the Toyota trucks of the late 1970s.
Toyota Tundra from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Certainly not the original from 1984 or the widely-celebrated Judgment Day from 1991, you can debate all you want about the merits of this third installment in the Terminator franchise, but the fact remains that the scenes with the Tundra are some of the greatest car chases in the early 2000s as it ravaged through the streets of LA.
From the vintage ToyoPet in Japan to the 2018 Toyota Vios here in the Philippines, Toyota is certainly an automotive brand with cars so slick, powerful, and cool that they’ve made a name for themselves even in some of history’s best movies!