2k: When Harry Met Sally: 1978 Toyota Corona Wagon

With the New Year just passed we couldn’t avoid watching Rob Reiner’s classic When Harry Met Sally (1989).  We say couldn’t avoid because each year around New Years Eve it plays 24/7 on several major networks but it is a classic movie to get into the spirit of New Years.  Today’s feature is the car driven by Sally in the opening scene when the two first meet or a reasonable facsimile.  Find this 1978 Toyota Corona Wagon for sale in Seattle, WA for $1,500 via craigslist.

The 5th generation Toyota Corona was produced in Japan and sold around the world from 1973 to 1979.  It was powered by Toyota’s R-series inline-4 that were reliable and frugal at a time when domestic vehicles were struggling with excess fat from years of complacence. 

The Corona wagon driven by Sally in the movie was actually a 1975 model according to IMCDb.org and in a slightly more smiley face shade of yellow.

 This Corona would have originally come with a 16R good for 80 horsepower, but it was been upgraded with a Toyota 20R engine that makes 90 horsepower and has much more low end grunt.  It is also mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox that would have come from a later model Toyota.

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of your life with some car, you want the rest of your life to start as
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