Did they really name the beer after this car?
had to look that up:I heard he was a thespian.
True, but the Crown was less important to Toyota's export fortunes, particularly in the US where it never made a compelling case against similarly-sized American cars like the Chevy II, Falcon, and Valiant. The Crown is the once and forever flagship of Toyota, but the Corona was the car that directly made Toyota #1 in Japan, and indirectly led to the Camry which made them #1 in the world. Though the Corolla certainly helped (and is actually Toyota's best-selling individual model of all time, despite the Corona and Crown getting about 10 years head start).You could make an argument for the Crown too, since it's been an unbroken line since 1955.