Junkyard Find: 1968 Toyota Corona Sedan

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1968 toyota corona sedan

Since my first car was a Corona and I’ve had quite a bumper crop of Corona Junkyard Finds this year (including this ’79 LE sedan, this ’70 sedan, and this ’70 coupe, the last of the 2012 Junkyard Find Series might as well be this ’68 sedan.

This example of Toyota’s first big seller in the United States (Crowns were always very rare and Corollas didn’t get to be big US sellers until the 1970s), which I found at the site of our Auction-To-Crusher study, came with the transmission whose name I love most of all: Toyoglide!

The Toyoglide was a license-built version of GM’s venerable two-speed Powerglide. Yes, even as Land Cruisers got a Toyota-ized Chevy six engine, Coronas got GM transmissions.

The 3R pushrod engine was noisy and not so powerful, but it did sport the reliability the R family is known for (unless entered in a 24 Hours of LeMons race).

My ’69 Corona wasn’t particularly reliable except for the engine, and overall it was just about as terrible as the Pintos and Colts driven by my high-school peers. It took the Corolla and Celica and some cockroach-like pickups, a few years later, to get Toyota its American reputation for build quality.

Still, the boxy little Corona was the first real toehold in the American market for Toyota.

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  • Ckdimou Ckdimou on Jan 12, 2013

    We used to own ones of these little reliable Jap cars (although with a 3 speed manual) back in the late seventies. Comfortable, reliable as hell, economic but handling was not its cup of tea....

  • Tahoebob Tahoebob on Jan 24, 2013

    i have a '66 that i just inherited..my mother bought it new in SF in 1967. i still drive it . people either ask what it is, laugh , or tell me stories about ones they knew

  • Kcflyer Laughing inside at the "300 mile range when it's warm" line. Can you imagine if ICE vehicles were this comprised? What a sick joke the green agenda is.
  • SPPPP I have owned multiple Ford vehicles in the past, but I don't want anything they make now. Ford's product planning shows they don't want my business, so I guess the breakup is mutual.
  • Tassos First of all the Ampera is just the rebadged Bolt for EUrope.Second of all, the seller is dreaming if he thinks a used Bolt with 46k miles will sell for... $6k MORE than a BRAND NEW US BOLT (after the still valid $7,500 tax credit). I can buy a new one for barely more than $18k. What is the idiot smoking????
  • MaintenanceCosts I own a 2019 Bolt Premier that's identical to this one except for the mods and I still wouldn't buy this one. Wheels are ugly, tint is illegally dark in my state, and a badge conversion to Opel, which GM doesn't even own anymore, is just plain dumb.
  • Verbal It is more about profit margins than market demand. Ford could easily sell a substantial number of this car in North America, but the profit margins would be thin. Ford makes money hand over fist on F-series, Broncos, etc. No need to venture out of the pickup/SUV/CUV box. The suburbs of America are filled with driveway queen F-150 air haulers that are the new Country Squires. Ford likes it that way.