The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937, as a spinoff from his father’s company Toyota Industries to create automobiles. Three years earlier, in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product, the Type A engine, and, in 1936, its first passenger car, the Toyota AA.

Toyota Motor Corporation produces vehicles under 5 brands, including the Toyota brand, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Scion. It also holds a 51.2% stake in Daihatsu, a 16.66% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, a 5.9% stake in Isuzu, a 3.58% stake in the Yamaha Motor Company, and a 0.27% stake in Tesla, as well as joint-ventures with two in China (GAC Toyota and Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor), one in India (Toyota Kirloskar), one in the Czech Republic (TPCA), along with several “non-automotive” companies. TMC is part of the Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world.

When you think of Toyota these days, the phrase “sports car” isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But back in the day, Toyota was actually dabbling in sports car technology a lot more than you’d think. Nobody would have mistaken them for Porsche or Ferrari, but it was more prevalent than today.

At the behest of their CEO, Akio Toyoda, Toyota has been slowly but surely getting back into the sports car game, as evidenced by the outstanding Scion FR-S and some future cars in Toyota’s pipeline. Here, we’ll give you a brief history of Toyota’s sports cars, as well as a quick look to the future.

The Supra is the most iconic of Toyota’s line of sports cars, even having its very own logo until 1991. Initially based off the Toyota Celica, the Supra actually traces a lot of its design back to the 2000GT. The engine is an inline 6-cylinder engine, which was very similar to the 2000GT’s.

The American turbocharged version had an upgraded engine that upped the power output to 320 hp, which could go 0-60 mph in a blistering 4.6 seconds. Unfortunately, despite its rank as one of the iconic sports cars of its time, its high price tag of around $70,000 made it the least popular. Despite this, a lot of enthusiasts are waiting and hoping for the next iteration of the Supra to arrive.

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2007 Toyota 1/X
1967 Toyota 2000 GT
1969 Toyota 7
2012 Toyota 86
2004 Toyota Alessandro Volta Concept
2013 Toyota Avalon HV Edition
2013 Toyota Avalon TRD Edition
2002 Toyota ccX Concept
2000 Toyota Celica Convertible Concept
2000 Toyota Celica Cruising Deck Concept
1996 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185
2000 Toyota Celica TRD Sports M
1999 Toyota Celica XYR Concept
2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept
2003 Toyota CS&S Concept
2001 Toyota DMT Concept
2001 Toyota ES3 Concept
2006 Toyota F3R Concept
2003 Toyota Fine-N Concept
2003 Toyota Fine-S Concept
2005 Toyota Fine-X Concept
2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept
2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept
2010 Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept
2011 Toyota FT-86 II
2007 Toyota FT-HS Concept
2005 Toyota Ft-SX Concept
2011 Toyota Fun-Vii
2001 Toyota FXS Concept
2012 Toyota GT 86
2013 Toyota GT 86 Open concept
1998 Toyota GT-One
2007 Toyota Hi-CT Concept
2007 Toyota Hybrid X Concept
2002 Toyota MR2
2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2001 Toyota MR2 TTE Concept
1996 Toyota MR2 Turbo
2001 Toyota MR2 VM180 TRD
2001 Toyota MR2 VM180 Zagato
1999 Toyota MR-S Concept
2004 Toyota MTRC Concept
2012 Toyota NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept
2002 Toyota Prius Rally
2001 Toyota RSC Concept
2007 Toyota Supra HV-R
1993 Toyota Supra Turbo
2013 Toyota TS030 Hybrid
2012 Toyota TS030 HYBRID
2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid
1993 Toyota TS10 Le Mans
1999 Toyota Tundra Pikes Peak
2000 Toyota Ultimate Celica Concept
2013 Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept
1998 Toyota GT-One Road Car