1954 Suminoe Flying Feather

Second Floor - Industry

The shortage of raw material and fuel during the postwar period led to the production of small, economical cars. Endeavoring to deliver something affordable to the masses, Yutaka Katayama and designer Ryuichi Tomiya conceived the Flying Feather, an ultra-lightweight car with bicycle-like tires built mainly out of motorcycle parts. However, production of the Flying Feather ceased after less than 200 units were built because of low demand. Tomiya would later design the Fuji Cabin.

Courtesy of the Toyota Automobile Museum, Japan