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.
I owned a 4 door version of this car way back when. Bought in Greenwood, Mississippi, of all places, when the local Buick dealer added a Toyota franchise.
I do believe that is a T120 series Corona, from 1974 to ’78.
The 130 had round faced rear taillights. I’ve got fond memories of a blue 4-door T120 in the P.I.
A very handsome alternative to more expensive cars that are no more distinct…
Man thats nice. I own 2 t130 (wagon and sedan) and know of most models/shapes but this is new to me. Being an auto probably makes the car even rarer, just less fun to drive.
Although the car has a nice chrome exhaust “tip” that does’nt mean it’s exhaust system has been replaced lol.
I currently own a Rt105 corona but these are a rare bird. Clean example, keep this one as is.
UNW blue plate makes it a 1978. Front end influenced by the Mercedes-Benz. Toyota was moving the Corona upmarket. Coronas were never meant to be sporty cars, that was left to the Celica GT and Corolla SR5. Starlets, too, if you went to TRD at the time.
So an automatic was the option to have at the time, stick it in D and just drive.