Curbside Classic: 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II – Some Things Never Change

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Curbside Classic: 1971 Corona Mark II – Some Never Change

August 20,

Forty years is an instant, and an so many things change, but hardly change at all. One I’m with a girlfriend, bopping down an Iowa country a baby-blue ’71 Mark II, with our hair blowin’ in the warm Today, we exchange e-mails around the globe about our grown and frail parents. And although obviously older (and wiser), grayer, and no longer so our personalities are fundamentally the same. the constant we instantly recognize and when it comes to family and old even if the packaging changes a bit time. That also to some cars, and especially to Toyota.

In car time, 40 years is an eternity, unless you’re So many brands have and gone along with position in the marketplace. One year, performance. The next, fuel or luxury, or…well, even seems like a different today. But there are a few exceptions, and hard for me to think of a more company than Toyota, with its mid-size cars this Mark II, the spiritual of today’s Camry. And you wonder why my age so readily keep buying As with our old friends and members, we recognize their qualities, even if the packaging is now and softer.

Even the advertising theme is Well, maybe not the part the lighter being concealed a panel, although that is Toyota attention to detail. all about the quietness of the engine, and the of the cabin: “It’s roomy being big. Luxurious being expensive. And economical being noisy. TOYOTA, quality oriented.”   That much sums up both the and its bread-and-butter sedans.

Toyota conquered the U.S. with those values and its Their first big seller was the which was from today’s point quite a small Corona started to really in the last years of the Sixties, and in was augmented by the then-tiny Corolla. The Mark II, (later just II), appeared hereabouts in ’68 or ’69 as a longer, wider and more version of the rather plain-Jane It signaled that Toyota was not going to be an economy-car company


It featured a brand new engine, the 1900 cc 8R, which was praised by the for its even power delivery Rated at 108 (gross) hp, it supposedly was enough to push the Mark II up to 105 My limited experience in the Mark II allowed me to confirm that; her split up about then, and the II went off with Daddy.

But the experience was classic Toyota: and uninspiring, yet exuding a self-assured air of and Japanese precision. The engine the manual transmission shifted the interior was a very pleasant to be and the steering and handling were humdrum.

A Datsun 510 it was not, but a few years Datsun was trying way too to turn their sedans Toyota clones. The Mark II had itself as Toyota’s first car on a trajectory that would lead to Lexus. Perhaps the II was really the first ES; I’ll bet more than one ES driver out with a Mark II.

Toyota Corona sedan

The gen-two Mark II (X10/X20 were significantly bigger with six-cylinder engines. the second-generation Crown didn’t well here (when was the time you saw a Crown?), the Mark II Toyota’s top model (try one of those too). The gen-three II was the first to wear the Cressida in the U.S. so this car is a direct of that storied Toyota.

I do Cressidas, so sometime we’ll up that thread, as well as the of which I’ve had the good to find some nice versions. Although I’d pretty given up on finding a Mark II, there it was, still for all the world like a daily right down to its original protector. It was like running an old friend from 40 years ago still wearing the very clothes.

Well, don’t look at her too closely; time does a bit of a toll. But the essence is all there, and the come flooding back.

jutting chin,

and a few busy trying to add a bit of pizazz to a pretty body. Toyota styling neither sear nor seduce eyeballs. While it might a bit odd at first, it rather grows on you a at the least, it doesn’t age badly. that still applies with some exceptions, one of I consider to be the current Camry.

Well, its been a treat. of old cars make you feel it’s been a really 40 years; everything about seems so… different . But this II, well, just exudes And that’s what we want in old no?

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