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1972-1976 Toyota Corona MK II

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Toyota had a tough with their first into the United States The company set out to sell cars out of a Rambler dealership in North California. As Volkswagen did with the Toyota began by importing an version of its Toyopet Crown. The car unfortunately, not well suited to roadways and driving habits. sales hit a 576-unit low point in Toyota sold only the Land Cruiser until when the mid-compact Corona its American debut. By 1972, sold its one millionth vehicle in the States. Among the lineup year was the Corona Mark II the economy car with top-of-the-line

By 1971, the Corona was such a performer that Road magazine named the import Car of the Year. The Corona Mark II was a improvement from the underpowered and mis-monikered Toyopet Crown. conventions, however, are a bit hazy in As a global manufacturer, Toyota different names on the same and the same name on different Confusion begins with not one but two Mark II cars in 1972. The Mark II four-cylinder was built on the T-series Corona platform. The Mark II inline six-cylinder subject of this buyer’s built on a new X-series platform. The with the same name not just stylistically different, were mechanically different.

This melding of model did not come without a reason. with a complete redesign in the regal fourth-generation Toyota was not a big U.S. seller, and was discontinued in 1972. While beauty is the Crown stands today as a stylish automobile. The absence of the left Toyota without a player in an American market. The six-cylinder Corona Mark II was the largest, widest, longest and luxurious car in the Toyota sales The wider and more powerful Mark II was marketed toward wanting a full-size ride at an price. Opting for the six-cylinder meant stepping up a notch in and style. The king is dead. live the king!

1972 marked the end of the Corona Mark II only as a reworked standard Along with four-cylinder the Mark II was offered with a powerful and smooth-running six-cylinder 2M The seamless delivery of power a fluidity to overall Mark II behavior. The Mark II moved the Seventies, and eventually became the in the United States. The Crown its status as a top-of-the-line king of the lineup everywhere but the United In a multi-lingual mash-up of phonetics, the was crowned king once for the U.S. market. The word is a quasi-phonetic translation of the Japanese kanmuri—or Crown.

These naming conventions may be than confusing, but what add up to is a relatively small number of Corona Mark II cars around in the United States. sales figures for the Corona were 49,477 cars. Seventies Corona sales with 52,714 in 1974. The Corona Mark II was again the Cressida in 1976, with sales dropping to 36,570 in the year. The total number of 1972-1976 Corona Mark II left on the roads is unknown. The Corona Mark II was sold in from 1972-’76 alongside the Corona, which adds to the number of the cars still in the United States. Estimates wildly, but as few as 2,000 of these economy cars may still be on the roads, which makes one in original condition a hunt of the order.

Seventies-vintage Toyotas are fortunately tough throughout, right to the paint finish. Even the oxidized and chalky-looking Toyotas can be brought back to original with methodical detailing in with effective rubbing and compounds. The Mark II on these was repainted in the original Canary hue, but not due to any failure on the part of the paint. One side of the car faced a full of ball-playing kids for years and had the dings to prove it. owner Divina Gonzaga was able to unearth gold in the process.

I literally detailed it It was like going to a fortune The car is totally complete. There’s not one on the interior. It even came the original touch up paint, says. The trunk has this thing where you stick the It looked like a marble at but when I actually polished it you see the emblem inside it. So cool! It was funny, because every I would finish detailing one thing I kept on screaming at [her husband], ‘Ray, over, check this

Maintenance of older Toyotas into the regularly scheduled Super durability was engineered the entire lineup. Ray Gonzaga is an ASE Master Technician and proprietor of DB Care and Racetoys, a shop specializes in making old school better, faster, and stronger. Ray us that after awakening 1972 Corona Mark II its slumber with an inspection and change, the car has been trouble-free. The II still retains all its original parts—right down to the front pads. The air conditioning works almost 40 years after the car was

While the front suspension and recirculating-ball steering box might be of the few difficult to locate parts, probably no reason to worry them wearing out anytime for 40 years. Even the A/C still and I haven’t even touched it. still got the R-12 in it, Ray says.

wear parts such as brake pads, or a new set of brake for the Mark II or any older Toyota are easy to find and reasonably Model-specific parts on lower number domestic-market Toyotas can to be a bit more challenging to locate, dealer-only items such as regulators and taillamp lenses into the realm of near Fortunately, there is a dedicated of vintage Toyota enthusiasts out to help. Clubs such as and the Toyota Owner’s and Restorers or T.O.R.C. are invaluable resources for obscure parts, finding out the next meetup or big show is, and helpful technical advice for Toyotas.

The search for a 1972-’76 Toyota Mark II will not be easy. looking for the luxury that is the Corona Mark II should be that their search may patience and persistence. The time in is the perfect time to become of the vintage Toyota faithful clubs and forums. If you get lucky and more than one Mark II for in one motion, buying them all in fact, be forward thinking.

I like it because it’s so I can go and drive around all day and all week and I find one. It drives It’s actually quite fun to I love driving it. It almost like a Lexus. It does! The air is quite nice. With the old the steering wheels are a little bit but that’s about it.

— Gonzaga

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine — SOHC cast-iron block with cylinder head; 2,356cc

Horsepower — 105@ RPM

Torque — 116-lbs.ft. @ RPM

Induction system — two-barrel carburetor with fuel pump

Gearbox Four-speed manual; five-speed Aisin three-speed automatic

Top — 120 MPH (indicated)

Length 171.3 inches

Width 63.2 inches

Height 54 inches

Wheelbase — inches

Curb weight 2,335 pounds (with

(Performance figures for 1975 automatic sedan. Source: Trend, September 1975.)

Toyota Corona Sports Coupe
Toyota Corona Sports Coupe
Toyota Corona Sports Coupe
Toyota Corona Sports Coupe
Toyota Corona Sports Coupe
Toyota Corona Sports Coupe

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