1970 Toyota Corona 1900 Deluxe — Autoweek

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1970 Toyota Corona Deluxe

Eric Tegler

By: TEGLER on 8/21/2006

Ten years World War II Toyota rolled out its modern family sedan for the market, the Toyopet Crown RS. A conservatively styled package by a 1453-cc 48-hp four-cylinder, it was in 1957 by the Toyopet Corona The Corona was a less-expensive four-door a 995-cc 33-hp inline-four. In the PT20 model debuted a 997-cc 45-hp engine), shortly by the 1453-cc 60-hp 1500 RT20.

Success the Crown/ Corona instilled in Toyota, a company that had its technology independent of the foreign with which its competitors alliances.

That confidence led to the establishment of Motor Sales USA in an abandoned dealership in Los Angeles in the late Toyota USA’s first was a Toyopet Crown. Modestly for American roads, the Crown got left-hand drive and 60 hp. The Corona followed in 1961, but slow reflected both models’ of performance along with a not keen on imports.

Americans begin to take note in with the arrival of the Corona series (briefly known as the The car, which debuted a earlier in Japan, was the first designed for the United States, a manifested today in the Camry, and Tundra.

The swept angularity of the unibody looked modern, and its 1.9-liter inline-four promised reliability if not thrust. The car’s interior was in with American expectations, reasonable room for four and an Toyoglide automatic transmission. the sedan, coupe, wagon, and even pickup versions of the were offered.

Toyota was up RT40 production when the Corona 1900 Deluxe here hit the road. Typically, the had made subtle styling including further “Americanization” of the with a rectangular speedometer of the then in vogue. The strategy the sub-$2,000 Corona became the Toyota in the United States to 10,000 units. Total sales would later 100,000 cars.

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As a youngster, York, Pennsylvania’s Spangler was smitten with car. The Corona belonged to a of her grandmother’s, and was the stepping-out vehicle of for the two friends in the 1970s. Spangler its owner, “When you’re to sell, I’d like to buy it.” She had to a long time, but in 2005 got a survivor with 74,000 on the clock. She paid $2,500 for it, as what her grandmother’s friend had for the car so many years earlier.

Rust had long ago devoured of these early imports, and an original driver is rare. car still has the factory cellophane the sunvisors.

Pop the hood, and the 3R-C on the 1.9-liter engine indicates the car was for California. The interior is nice; the simulated-leather bench seats are in shape as are the two-spoke steering and the dashboard. Raised characters out “Corona Deluxe” on the right of the dash tells passengers model is top-of-the-line.

Floor the twice for choke, turn the and the inline-four shakes itself to Slot the T-handle gearshift “D” and the Corona takes off leisurely no what you do with the gas pedal. The steering is similarly relaxed, but control (courtesy of front and rear leaf springs) is You feel the skinny tires on wheels and adequate disc-drum The upright glass affords visibility.

The largely forgotten Corona was the of the company’s success in America. The was replaced by the Camry in the early Cumulative sales passed proof a generation of Americans had Toyota.

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