Nestled into a humble garage in Torrance, California, a wealth of Japanese design shines brighter than the exterior surroundings. There, Toyota's grand past is celebrated the way it should be: Through individual vehicles, each part of a great legacy of sedans and sports cars.

The collection of the Toyota USA Automobile Museum champions innovations small—like the diminutive Toyopet Crown—and large—the Land Cruiser. Though born in Toyota City, Torrence is the spiritual North American home of the automaker. It was there that newly exported vehicles first found space on American soil shortly after WWII. First came the Land Cruiser, one of the world's longest running nameplates, followed by a slew of classics both in enthusiast and mass consumer standing—the Camry and much, much more.

In Torrence, Toyota keeps not just the company's finest historical examples, but cars that have been through their paces as well. In that, it functions to truly propel the lasting character of Toyota. The usability, the love, and the association with its drivers.

Left Lane News toured the facility this week. Click the thumbs for highlights.