Rare 2-Door: 1969 Toyota Corona Hardtop

The T40 generation Toyota Corona is by all accounts a good looking Japanese classic, and it should be with design input by the legendary Battista “Pinin” Farina himself.  We’ve featured various Corona sedans and wagons over the years on DT, but never before a Corona 2-door hardtop.  Find this 1969 Toyota Corona 2-Door Hardtop offered for $8,000 in San Pedro, CA via craigslist.  Tip from John.

The fresh listing features some fresh paint, but the seller claims the car is very original and states the not so surprising fact “it’s getting hard to find these in this condition!”  It’s hard to find a Corona 2-door hardtop in any condition…in fact, I’m going to admit that I didn’t know that Toyota ever imported the 2-door version into the US market.  Interestingly enough, the seller shows a photo next to what appears to be the old Toyota North American headquarters in Torrance (Toyota is currently relocating their California location to Texas) and I don’t recall seeing a Corona hardtop in the fantastic Toyota USA Automobile Museum located a few hundred feet from this photo.

The seller only includes a single photo in the craiglist posting, but a link to an imgur album includes a number of higher res exterior photos. It would be nice to see some interior and underhood pics, but at least we can tell it came with the 1.9 liter 3R inline-4 from the factory.  

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