Respect to The Crown: 1969 Toyota Corona Reigns Supreme

From the Nyanyanyanyanya, Cars Don’t Rust in California Department comes this incredibly clean ’69 Corona. The 3R motor only puts out about 50 horsepower, but at least you get to put it down through a 4 speed manual. The stance has been lowered just a little via careful (or not) application of a torch to the springs.
It’s clean, but it’s not perfect. There’s a bit of orange showing along the rockers and seams, but nothing that couldn’t be addressed with a little rust encapsulator for the time being. The engine runs, but needs some tuning. It’s also got a couple of hundred dollars in back registration fees to be dealt with if you’re in the Golden State.

The real question on a ride as clean as this is: what to do? When they’re as rough as Master Schmo’s, you don’t really feel bad having your way with the little buggers: wheels, tires, engine mods or swaps…all fair game. When it’s a relatively low-mile, clean example, it feels a bit crude to open up the aftermarket floodgates. Then again, juicing it up a bit from that 50hp and a nice set of Watanabes probably wouldn’t hurt anyone.
Bidding starts at $2 grand with a week to go.


    1. Just for the record — The engine in the Corona was rated at 90 HP
      Dave Zinn
      "Florida's First Toyota Dealer" (Feb 1966) (retired)

    1. There's a 12a rotary powered Sprite that's a regular at Cars and Coffee Montrose. With the exception of the Holley carb, it looks factory.

  1. Some mild tuning would be awesome. If you drop a Vette motor in it, then it looses lots of appeal. I would rock this stock, with some different hubcaps and no whitewalls.

  2. What to do? There's 50 ways to fix your Corona!
    Just paint the back black, Jack
    Put new oil in the pan, Stan
    You don’t need a new car, Roy
    Just get yourself greasy
    Adjust the clutch, Gus
    You don’t need to discuss much
    Just crank on the key, Lee
    That's how driving should be

  3. Needs some Watanabes, AE86 suspension with coilovers, brakes, fender mirrors and a 20V 4AGE with horns.
    Invest a few grand and this could be an evil little sleeper of a pillarless coupe.

  4. Damnit. Why am I in love with this car? Late-'60s Japanese steel? It's probably just one spilt soda away from catastrophic oxidation. And it would be a money pit. A vast, unspeakable money pit. But still, I yearn.

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