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Hot-rodded 1969 Toyota Corona coupe


The 2000 GT was the hot Toyota sports car of the late 1960s, but a much more mainstream vehicle imported to the U.S. market by the Japanese company was the Corona, available as a sedan or hardtop coupe.

“With its angled-back quad-headlamp front end, the Corona quickly became one of the most distinctive — east to spot — cars on the road,” the Standard Catalog of Imported Cars notes of the car that arrived in the U.S in 1967, and it “was the car that established Toyota’s presence in the U.S.” 

1969 Toyota Corona, Hot-rodded 1969 Toyota Corona coupe, ClassicCars.com Journal

One of those Coronas, albeit a far-from-standard 1969 Toyota Corona coupe, is advertised on ClassicCars.com and is the Pick of the Day. 

“This Corona was restored to a period correct sport look that matches the Toyota 1960’s road-course style,” the private seller says. 

Instead of the standard 1,879cc 4-cylinder engine, this car has a 20/22R high-compression Toyota engine linked to a 5-speed transmission, 4-wheel disc brakes, a limited-slip differential from the later Corolla GTS, 2 1/4-inch exhaust with Magnaflow muffler, and an updated electrical system with an 18-circuit fuse box and halogen headlamps. The car rides on 15-inch Toyo Proxes R1 tires and is lowered to hug the road.

The interior has new carpet, seats and center console transplanted from a 1972 Datsun 240Z, Momo steering wheel, Auto Meter gauges and a professionally installed audio system.

The look is definitely boy racer and the car, located in Deltona, Florida, is offered for $15,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I drag raced one at Atco back in 1973. With the 18RC ,two 350 holly sticking through the hood on a manifold and header made for me by Joe Jacona. Poeta brothers head work with chevy valves, a land cruiser clutch and a ford locker rear with traction bars on slicks. Ran out of money to get any faster than very high 13 in the 1/4.

    • Very cool man, my daily driver is 1971 Corona Sedan Deluxe with a 4.8 from an 04 silverado, a th400, and a foxbody mustang 8.8, it currently runs mid low 12’s but with a cam, springs and headwork i hope to dip into the 11’s.


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