There's lots of writing on the bottom of this car, but I can't find any background -- I even tried tracking down the Australian patent number. The bottom says "Not recommended for children under the age of 36 months, VK Commodore, AFCAR pat no 445207, produced for AFCAR Australia by Planet Plastics, Melb Vic."
This is exactly why I put up this site. Christian Goetz provided information on this elusive model. Check on the listing for Plomur.
This isn't my usual model, but it means a lot to me because my partner gave it to me about 16 years ago. It's about 9 inches long, made out of steel with a coating that looks more gold than these pictures show. It appears to be a cigarette holder (the unfiltered kind), with a place for matches. I've had the bottom translated, and it says "Toyota Truck Sales 15th Anniversary, Toyota Automobile Sales Corporation." The front logo says "Toyopet." I assume that this was some sort of premium within Toyota in Japan (otherwise the bottom would be in English). It's interesting that it's a car when it's celebrating truck sales. Anybody have any more information?
July 3, 2008: I received an interesting email from Hiro in Japan: "...
Until early '80s, Many Japanese car company usually prepared these cigarette
holder for new purchasers.
But this one is exclusive for Toyota employee, originally came with the box
made of paulownia wood.
Hiro also posited the reason for the use of a car model to commemorate trucks -- because the chassis of the SFN was a version of a truck chassis! He also sent along some pictures of another cigarette holder from an auction site.
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