Toyota Tiara ute - today's tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine

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The start of the Toyota wave

Toyota's Toyopet Tiara series may not have hit earth-shattering sales numbers in Australia, but the sixties series was an important ice-breaker for the firm, proving it could build very capable cars.

A period review for Wheels magazine compared it favourably to a Morris Major, commenting, "You can go on and on. Everything you touch seems to be new and fresh, from the thin pillars of the semi-wraparound screen and narrow, effective vent panes to the downward-opening glovebox which responds to a push-button underneath. Even the door armrests in the Tiara double as padded map-pockets."

In Australia, the series (which included sedans) was sold with the 1500 four-cylinder R-series engine, matched to a three-speed manual transmission.

This 1963 example has had extensive work done to it, including paint plus the fitment of a slightly later 12R 1600 engine with a four-speed gearbox. Updates include electronic ignition and a casburettor with automatic choke.

Located near Melbourne, it's on the market for $25,500 as a 90 per cent complete restomod project.


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