1969 Toyota Corona Mk2 - today's tempter

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Rare variant of a landmark car

It's easy to forget after the passage of time, just how significant the 'shovel-nose' series Toyota Coronas were. In Australia, it was an early player in local assembly by AMI.

More broadly, however, it represented Toyota's arrival as the maker what was then a mid-size car that well-priced and well-packaged.

Cliff Chambers, in a buyer guide for the series, says: "Where the Corona stood apart from the Ford Cortinas, Morris Elites and Vauxhalls was in its range of standard equipment and inherent quality.

"Medium-priced cars just didn’t come with four headlights, but the Corona had them and straight away it presented a more sophisticated face.

"Also included was a heater/demister, windscreen washers and two-speed wipers, reversing lights and multiple armrests."

This is an unsual example, a Mk 2 with an overhead cam engine and a four-speed manual transmission, with what the seller suggests is a known history.

High-spec Japanese cars are increasingly finding a collector market and this one should do alright over the long term. It's priced at $18,000 and is located in western Sydney.


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