At the moment’s Corona marks the nameplate’s second entry into the Uncommon Rides sequence. And although at the moment’s wagon shares the identical identify because the prior instance, it represents a degree of division in Toyota’s lineup.

Come alongside and study some extra a couple of not often seen previous wagon.

The beautiful mild blue 1968 Corona featured earlier this 12 months was the final time a midsize (smaller) Corona was offered as a luxurious car. That very same 12 months, the Corona Mark II entered manufacturing. It was bigger than the usual Corona and introduced with it further and tools and luxurious. The Mark II even reached increased, as a few of its choices have been these discovered on the upscale Crown. From then on Mark II was a bigger luxurious providing, and the Corona headed downmarket.

Initially, the Mark II was on the identical platform because the Corona with which it shared a reputation. That modified with the debut of its second era in 1972. It grew bigger than its debut model, and in Japan no less than, now not wore the shackles of the Corona identify. Making an attempt model familiarity overseas, in different worldwide markets, it was nonetheless known as Corona Mark II.

Three totally different physique kinds have been out there: a four-door sedan, the wagon we see right here, and a extra luxurious two-door coupe. Value noting, Japan didn’t obtain a regular Mark II wagon; as a substitute, Toyota supplied a primary utility van Mark II.  Sedans had a 104.1-inch wheelbase, however the wagons shortened {that a} bit so as to add to the large overhangs look (and maybe to help in a flat cargo space), and used a 101.8-inch wheelbase. Beneath, energy ranged from a 1.7-liter inline-four to a 2.6-liter inline-six. Whereas the biggest I6 was reserved for export markets, there was a smaller I6 in Japan which displaced liters. All three physique kinds have been supplied with handbook (four-speed) or computerized (three-speed) transmissions.

Toyota elevated energy choices this time particularly to fend off competitors from Nissan. The Datsun 610 (Bluebird) and Nissan Laurel had inline-six engines, so 4 cylinders wouldn’t do. All I6 variations have been of the “M” household and have been borrowed from the upmarket Crown. By that point the Crown was now not Toyota’s pinnacle providing, because the Century entered manufacturing for 1967.

For North America specifically, Toyota supplied the Corona Mark II instead of the Crown, which offered poorly and was pulled from the market. The Mark II was a lot bigger than Toyota’s different North American choices on the time, and Toyota marketed it as a well-equipped household automobile. Inline-six energy was customary in North America, as was a four-speed handbook (later 5), and niceties like bucket seats and disc brakes on the entrance. Solely the preliminary run of North American automobiles used the smaller 2.3-liter engine, as by the autumn of 1972 Toyota applied the two.6-liter as a substitute. Within the transition, energy jumped from 109 to 123 horses.

The Mark II’s second-generation lasted by means of 1976, at which level the identify was retired in export markets. Toyota had a brand new luxurious automobile to supply its world clients as a substitute: Cressida.

At the moment’s Uncommon Journey is a later instance of a US Mark II. I’m advised by Twitter that it combines US market bumpers with a JDM grille, making it a visible oddity. With 59,000 miles, it offered on Fb not too long ago for $11,500.

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