From the April issue of 2022 Car and driver.

As machines become larger and more complex, so do their components. Consider a modest side-view mirror, which was once an additional addition, and is now a safe assembly, watching the lane, a self-blurred marvel of technology. And, like the vehicles to which it is attached, it is much larger than when it started.

Car companies initially did not offer mirrors on production cars. Why are they needed on single-track and two-lane roads? Racer Haraun is credited with the first rear-view mirror, which he attached to the hood of his Marmon Wasp before the first launch of the Indy 500 in 1911. He won. Engineer Elmer Berger applied for a patent for the Cop-Spotter door mirror in 1921. Mirrors as additional additions became more popular after the enactment of the Federal Highway Act in 1956, which led to the creation of multi-lane roads that we know and love.

The National Road and Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 reviewed safety standards, including rear view visibility, and although it did not require a special mirror, they became standard equipment in the mid-late 1960s.

Federal regulations today require a rear-view mirror and a driver’s side mirror, as well as a passenger mirror if the interior mirror does not meet certain field-of-view requirements. State rules vary, but most agree that side mirrors are required only if the center mirror is closed. Everyone agrees that the objects in the mirror are closer than they seem.


Toyota Stout 1965 release

The Stout was the first Toyota truck sold in the U.S., but it didn’t quite capture the pickup market. In the first year of its stay in the states, 1964, Toyota sold four. Tracking mirrors for Stout is a challenge to recover because in his native Japan he had legal wings mounted on the wing, and came to the States to impose federal requirements for side mirrors.

Part number: 87910-35901

Dimensions: 4.0 x 4.4 x 6.0 inches
Mirror area:
0.7 pounds
Well, turns around
$ 248 on eBay

toyota tundra 2022


Toyota Tundra 2022

Tundra was the first full-size Toyota truck in the states, introduced in 1999, and in 2007 it became more complete – our initial review at that moment he wondered if he was too big. We didn’t even know it wasn’t growing. The 2022 Tundra TRD Pro has a length of 233.6 inches and a width of 81.6 inches. This is 1.7 inches wider than it was in 2007. No wonder he needs such big mirrors.

Part number: 87940-OC690

Dimensions: 7.0 x 18.0 x 8.3 inches
Mirror area:
29 inches3
7.2 pounds
Power adjustment, memory positioning, side view camera, defrost (body color cover sold separately)
1613 dollars

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