Saturday, July 12, 2014

10K; Slushboxed: 1973 Toyota Corona MKII Wagon Turbo 1JZ-GTE

The second generation Toyota Corona Mark II was Coke bottle styled model that slotted between the luxury Crown and low end basic Corona models sold between 1973-1976.  You can find Mark IIs from time to time on your local craigslist, but most are rusty and powered by a version of the underwhelming Toyota R series cast iron boat anchors, but the one we have today has had a serious injection of engine power.  Find this 1973 Toyota Corona MKII Wagon Turbo with 1JZ-GTE offered for $8,500 in Los Angeles Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Alex V.

The Corona Mk II was restyled after the 1972 model year and the post 1973 models with split grill look much cooler.  The additional 5mph bumperlets are ugly, but the rest of the Toyota economy sedan styling got better for a few years before devolving into the washing machine style of the 80s.

The original Toyota R-engine that would have been good for a few mulepower has been removed and a 1JZ-GTE good for 280 horsepower from the factory bolted in its place.  This particular 1JZ-GTE has a few upgraded parts, but it is mated to an automatic transmission.  There are plenty of available 5-speed manual gearboxes from other used Toyota's that would bolt right up to this engine (W58 springs to mind).

The inside of this wagon looks excellent for hauling lots of stuff around, but it is clean enough that you wouldn't want to really use it for hauling duty.

Got a spare 5-speed sitting in your garage and room for this wagon?


  1. Looks pretty sweet if you are a vintage Japanese car buff. Kind of like a Vista Cruiser with a Vortec crate engine. Like the fine details of Japanese cars from this period and the 2000GT-ish flag rear-views and the steelies. The 1JZ-GTE looks right under the hood, as well. True, the auto has got to go, but other than that it is all good. For the money, how else can you have a rare one-brand, sleeper wagon with exotic power? Somebody buy this before I talk myself into it.

  2. What a cool way to surprise everyone at the local car shows. Looks like the ultimate grandpa car until you pop the hood and have everyone scratching their heads. Install looks great in the pics, if they paint is as nice in person as it looks, this car is a steal.


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