Sakichi Toyoda was born in Japan 145 years ago today on February 14th, 1867. By all accounts a hard-working entrepreneur, Toyoda's greatest success was building a small business manufacturing textile looms. That business ended up growing into a company that, for two years beginning in 2008, became the world's largest automaker. That company is named Toyota. We've always wondered: Why the change from "d" to "t"?
NOTE: As we pointed out earlier, today's the 145th anniversary of the birth of Sakichi Toyoda, the patriarch and founder of the textile machinery company that became Toyota Motor Company. To celebrate this anniversary of the number one super best automaker from the land of the rising sun, we've cleaned up this blast from our past by Sam Smith. The article was originally published on February 24th, 2010 at 4:00 PM EST. —Ed.