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Toyota Corona Sports Coupe

Your Cars: Fergus 1968 Toyota Corona

1968 Toyota Corona Deluxe. 4-door saloon

new by Jim Walton Toyota in Penrith

Specification: 1500cc overhead engine. 4 speed gearbox

/ drum brakes. Weight: 925 Power: 75 bhp. Torque: 85

Top speed: 90 mph

Today’s Specification: Toyota 21R overhead cam engine 1985 Celica XT, lightly Estimated power: 120 bhp. 130 ft-lb

Top speed 125 mph


long had a fascination with retro Japanese cars. The was sewn when I was just 16 and my purchase was made of the now very 1978 Datsun 620 Pickup. a few months of fixing it up I passed my test and discovered the odd joys of motoring. I’m now on my 18 th Japanese car and consider hooked!

In 1964, Toyota were the Japanese manufacturer to import and UK-specific production cars on shores, followed shortly by Honda with their sports coupe the S600. My car was new in 1968 by Cumbrian Toyota Jim Walton and stayed with the family until 1980 it was acquired by Jim Walton and restored as a piece in 1990. It was purchased in 2005 and owned briefly the same year before I it on eBay in 2007.

I was on the lookout for old, Japanese and free rot. Something that I’m you will know is getting difficult. The choice of such is becoming pretty limited. I been particularly aware of the before I saw its fuzzy photographs I won the auction and headed to Ipswich, on tow to collect my next car. looking for a car I had the intention to use it on a daily however on arrival at the barn it was stored, it was clear this car not be used daily. In much condition than I had imagined, I was to take on a new responsibility.

The body was in super condition. solid with a great job. The original colour had used in the apparently splendid some 17 years earlier by Jim Upon first drive it was clear the car was seriously unloved Over the first couple of of ownership, a mechanical restoration was out including a full and thorough and suspension rebuild. With little power however I the car to be capable in the corners so I shod it Minilite 13” x 6” wheels and some historic race rubber in the of Avon CR6-ZZ tyres. transformed the car’s cornering and abilities.

Subtle, rare and stonkingly Corona.

At the end of the 2010 show I bought a 1985 Toyota for its engine and gearbox. The Celica was for a month to ensure I was happy the powerplant and duly stripped for the transplant. The engine was one of the last to a carburettor and as such was an ugly of pipes and sensors. I stripped the of all external parts and set about it into the engine bay. The required refabrication to clear the crossmember. I further tidied it up a lot and it with two new 40mm DCOE carburettors on new manifolds sourced The USA. The flywheel lost a in excess weight and balanced a new clutch. Once I’d stripped the bay back to bare metal and in the correct shade of blue, the and gearbox were fitted with a new Celica radiator. As I cars with restraint, I want much noise this setup so I fabricated an for the carburettors’ intake to limit noise. I fabricated the exhaust in 2 ½” stainless steel with two Since the car was already running brakes as standard, I added a servo to boost stopping

The sump post being

Repainted engine bay awaits the

The 1972cc Toyota 21R enters…

The engine in all its glory: 120 bhp. 130 ft-lb

Once back on the I was really pleased with the which turned out just how I was Not too much noise, bags of and pleasing driveability. It’s a rocket but takes little from the dignified nature of the In general driving it’s and docile but giving it some away from the lights a very different car. The gear helps with cruising too. I’ve yet to run the car up the drag strip to measure but I’m not sure it’s absolutely Summer saw a long trip to Cornwall then up to Retro Gathering at Prescott Speed Climb where the car was given spirited runs up the hill.

The Corona at Prescott Speed Climb

The long-term plan is to after and care for this piece of motoring history. The jobs on the car include uprated bar and a re-carpet. I really relish the such rarities create in roadworthy and in fine fettle. I do have quite a few spares and am on the lookout for more, the parts do need to be sourced help add to the and satisfaction of ownership. Some call me a glutton for punishment! In the I look forward to a great of oddball retro motoring.

One of the most immaculate sleepers ever come across

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