With detailing straight out of the Super Dimension Fortress Macross school of design, this ’72 Toyota Crown Custom wagon should push all the right buttons for the discriminating toyotaku.
The rare-for-the-US S60 Crowns were apparently a Stateside sales disaster, perhaps due to that aforementioned eccentric styling, but despite our Northerly Neighbors’ permissive RHD import laws, this appears to be a LHD version originally sold in North America (the side reflectors are a good clue, and even those minimalist bumpers appear to be kosher for the US at the time). A wee bit of rust and a couple dings betray what was probably several decades of underappreciated commuter use, but when you’re eyeballing this rare of a vehicle you can’t be a beggar as well as a chooser.
I’m going to level with you here – unless we’re talking about some Wats or classic Enkeis and a well-thought-out stance, classic Toyotas are best left relatively original. These modern Enkeis are making my eyes water, and the thought of unobtanium springs cut into bouncy half-coils that compare unfavorably to a steam roller’s ride quality is similarly disturbing. Hopefully this is easily rectified, and luckily the ever-enthusiastic J-tin crowd can help you rejewel your Crown. Just don’t cut up anything not easily replaceable, which pretty much means you should lock your angle-grinder and sawzall in a safety deposit box until after you resell the car.
That being said, as long as rust is under control and all the bits and pieces are there, this is a lot of uniqueness at a decent price. And no one’s going to complain if you slip in a beefier motor (7M-GTE?) between the suspension towers in place of a hopelessly tired 2.0 liter.