Toyota 1000


The Toyota 1000 (P30) in most markets outside Japan was called Toyota Publica in Japan’s domestic market. The engine had 45 PS (33 kW) in export trim. The Toyota 1000 continued to be the only offering smaller than the Corolla in most export markets even after the Publica replacement (the P40 Toyota Starlet) was introduced for Japan in 1973. Branded as the Toyota 1000, the car was launched on the West German market, at the time Europe’s largest national auto-market, included features that included radial tires, front headrests, tinted windows, a heated rear window and radio. In some European markets such as Switzerland and the Netherlands, it was marketed with the additional name “Copain”. In Belgium it was sold as the “Toyota Osaka” for a while. The pickup version was sold in Finland as the Toyota Timangi.

The Toyota 1000 sedans and wagons were replaced by the P60 Starlet in 1978 but the Toyota 1000 pick-up was continue selling next to the Starlet sedan and wagon as well. The Toyota 1000 range included a two-door sedan, a three-door wagon, and a two-door coupe utility pickup. In South Africa, the Toyota 1000 range also included a pickup with the 1,166 cc 3K engine.