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Rare Rides: A 1974 Toyota Corona 2000 GT

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Right now’s Rare Experience is a case of forbidden fruit. Although North American shoppers might purchase one thing comparable, this Rare Experience was by no means on home shores as new.

It’s the Toyota Corona 2000 GT, from 1974.

Toyota’s Corona line entered manufacturing in 1957. A compilation of elements from a lately deceased Crown, it was made to fill the area the (now bigger) Crown vacated. Through the years the Corona grew in size and mannequin variation, and have become an necessary international mannequin for Toyota. Further manufacturing started in Australia within the sixties, and by the early seventies it was additionally produced in Indonesia and South Africa.

After a brief fourth era of simply 4 mannequin years, the fifth-gen Corona entered manufacturing late in 1973. By that point it was a midsize entry, and occupied a spot between the smaller Carina and the bigger, extra luxurious-oriented Mark II. Physique types included two- and 4-door sedans, a 5-door wagon, and the rakish two-door hardtop coupe.

As anticipated, North American Coronas had huge, chunky bumpers to satisfy new crash requirements. Although quite a lot of engines have been utilized in different markets, North American Coronas had only one: the 20R. Toyota appreciated the two.2-liter unit for North American purposes. Its ninety seven horsepower additionally motivated the Hilux and Celica of the interval. Transmissions included three- and 4-velocity manuals, and a 3-velocity automated.

For its home market solely, Toyota constructed two hotter variations of the Corona. Dubbed the 2000 GT, a sporty sedan was accompanied by a hardtop coupe to type the highest of the Corona line. These fashions used the dual cam 18R-G engine. A two-liter unit designed to suit into the small car tax bracket in Japan, the 18R-G produced 143 horsepower and one hundred thirty lb-ft of torque in a car that weighed round 2,200 kilos. North People stayed content material with their ninety seven-horsepower truck engine.

The Corona confronted an uphill battle within the US. Entrance-drive financial system was all the fashion, and entries like the brand new Honda Accord and Subaru DL gained market share. The fifth era completed off the seventies earlier than it was changed by a brief-lived sixth era that persevered by means of 1983. It was not missed, as People embraced the model new entrance-drive Camry with open arms. By 1983 there was a entrance-drive Corona in different markets, because the mannequin started its descent. By means of the rest of its life (mannequin yr 2002) the Corona became a Corolla-like vehicle for markets outdoors North America, and ultimately spawned Caldina wagon variants.

As we speak’s burgundy magnificence is a 1974 2000 GT coupe. All 143 horsepower are shifted by way of the 5-velocity guide, and all the things appears in unique situation. 2000 GT is yours for $25,995.

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