Toyota's US-market cars from the 1960s and 1970s are really interesting. Take , for example—it's basically a scaled-down version of the sorts of wagons American automakers were building at the time. The more you look at it, the more American it seems.
The Corona Mark II really puts Toyota's US-market ambitions on display. Just look at all its chrome trim, its giant two-spoke steering wheel, and its horizontal speedometer for proof. This is a car that had a clear target audience.
Unlike their large American contemporaries, Corona Mark IIs of this generation featured efficient four-cylinder engines. An engine like this might not have had much appeal two years before the oil crisis of 1973, but it did foreshadow the new normal.
This particular Corona Mark II is powered by Toyota's 8R-C engine, a carbureted 1.9-liter four-cylinder that made a little over 100 hp when new. Here it's paired to a three-speed automatic.
Originally, this Corona Mark II was purchased by a family in Pennsylvania who put it in storage after only a few years of ownership. In 2007, it was given a refresh by a Toyota dealer that used it as a showroom display piece until it was acquired by the seller in 2014. The pictures show a little surface rust on the undercarriage, but the car looks to be in nice shape otherwise.
The seller says that other than exterior paint, this car is totally original, with just 16,000 miles displayed on its odometer. It's been given a once-over and is said to drive exactly as it should.
This car has an asking price of $15,000, and it presents a question to the eventual buyer: do you leave it as-is, or turn it into a hot-rod? There's something cool about preserving it as it was in 1971, but come on, tell me it wouldn't look rad with bolt-on fender flares and minilites.