1970 Toyota Corona RT40 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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RT40 Corona RT40 Corona

Cheap classic: four owners from new with full history and in great condition

The Toyota Corona makes for a great cheap and cheerful classic; and in a historical sense – we reckon they’re tremendously undervalued.

They changed the face of the Australian medium-car market (and arguably the world over) when they arrived late in 1964. They were even locally produced as of 1965, after the Toyota Tiara (the first ever Toyota built outside of Japan) sold out with huge excess demand.

The Aussie market bore such demand, and was so vital to Toyota that the US’ first shipment of 900 Japanese-built Coronas was ultimately diverted Down Under instead.

They were available as sedans, hardtop coupes – even as vans and utes.

This RT40 is a 1970 model, and is likely an Australian-produced example.

It bears the standard and original 1.5lt carburetted four-cylinder with an automatic transmission.

The current owner is the fourth from new, and has full history on the car dating back to a photograph of the original owner purchasing the vehicle from John Cahill Motors.

The car comes with thousands of dollars’ worth of receipts, for work including: carburettor overhaul, suspension, transmission rebuilt etc. The car is said to "drive great".

The car overall is very presentable both outside and in; to our eyes it’s certainly appears to be one of the best-kept examples we’ve come across. The body has had a respray in the past, but the seller does state that there is minor rust in the bottom of the doors. The chromework remains straight and good with only minor pitting.

Inside, the car bears new carpet and is overall in great original condition. The original passenger seat shows some minor stitching coming apart, and the back seat is said to have a small rip in the top.

Overall, the photos show an impressively clean Corona, with spotless door jambs and engine bay. The seller seems to be upfront with any imperfections, and is selling due to too many projects and family commitments.

The car is listed for $6,000 (negotiable), and is based in South Australia.

Check out the full listing here!


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