The seventh generation Toyota Corona isn’t as exciting as a classic Skyline or Celica, but there’s at least one version that bears mention. That version is the very rare 2-door sedan, which is so uncommon that it doesn’t even appear on many lists of Toyota models. A clean specimen has just surfaced for sale in Fresno, California.
Bridging the gap between the sexier hardtop coupe and more practical 4-door and 5-door sedans, it hails from the era when Toyota created a completely unnecessary diversity of body styles for a single chassis. The Corona was essentially the predecessor to the Camry in the US, but in a rear-wheel-drive configuration. So I guess that makes this an proto-Solara.
Unfortunately, it comes with an automatic transmission, but due to its rarity we’ll overlook that shortcoming. Given the Lincoln Town Car in the background, it’s clear the seller has a predilection for grandpa-spec cars.
The car appears to be remarkably original, but as always, caveat emptor. From the four photos provided, only the exhaust looks as if it’s been replaced. It still wears a California blue plate, indicating long time residence in a rust free climate. At an asking price of $3,900, it’s a small price to pay to have the only one at the next JCCS. For the full ad, see Craigslist.