5k: Mint Green Barikan: 1967 Toyota Corona Deluxe

One of the secrets to driving a cool vintage car for low bucks is to pick a car that is an oddball because the selling price of nice examples will be appropriately lower than a popular marque/model.  Don’t go so out in left field that the manuals are only available in some long forgotten Scandinavian dialect, but pick a car where a few grand gets you something in great shape…like Toyota’s original Corona.  Find this  1967 Toyota Corona Deluxe here on eBay currently bidding for $3,500 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in Reading, PA.

The RT40 series Corona came from the factory with a front end that looks strangely similar to an electric razor, hence the car’s nickname of barikan (Japanese for electric shaver or clipper).  DT’s resident Japanese classic car expert CFlo may or may not have been booted out of a car show for rubbing his face on the grill, but we’ve all had the urge. 

Under the hood is the original Toyota 2R 1.5 liter inline 4 putting out 55 horsepower and 85 ft-lbs of
torque.  Its attached to a column shifted 3-spd
manual transmission and will push the 2100 lb sedan around
smoothly…but slowly.

The interior looks remarkably well preserved, no hacked up dash, but it could use a hula-girl bobble head (bobble body?) to match the AAA sticker.  

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