By on September 25, 2014

10 - 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinMy first car was a beige ’69 Corona sedan, and so I’m always happy to see a junkyard Corona. In this series prior to today, we’ve seen this ’66 sedan, this ’68 sedan, this ’70 sedan, this ’70 coupe, plus this Corona ad from the February 1969 issue of Playboy. Now I’ve found a Corona Mark II at a Denver yard.
07 - 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin
Featuring overhead-cam 8R power, the Corona Mark II coupe had a respectable 108 horses under the hood.

04 - 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin
Bucket seats, four-on-the-floor, $2,280 MSRP— not a bad deal, especially considering that the ’71 Chevrolet Vega coupe listed at a mere 84 bucks less. The ’71 AMC Gremlin was just $1,899, though, and a (surprisingly comfortable but way less well-appointed than the Corona) Simca 1204 could be had for $1,693.

15 - 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin
These cars rusted with great eagerness, even in dry places like Colorado, and this one is no exception. Not worth restoring (in 2014), but still interesting.

The claim of 25 miles per gallon was more believable than most of the era.

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41 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1971 Toyota Corona Mark II...”

  • avatar

    Made such a long journey through time, only to be Cash-for-clunkered.
    This would have made a sweet restomod. Not even scared of the rust.

    • 0 avatar

      So I have no idea why the engine was painted, but this was way too old to be cash for clunkered. The cutoff year was 1984 or 1985. Plus, it probably would have gotten too good of mileage to be eligible.

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    For lack of a better description, these old cars always looked so awfully Japanese to me. And that was a good thing. Quirky in the right ways. Sadly beige rules these days.

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    Arthur Dailey

    This is one of the cars that helped revolutionize the North American market. As a true survivor it deserves greater respect.

    It may have been priced like the Simca (Yuck!), Gremlin and Vega but it provided the purchaser with a degree of dependability/reliability that these did not.

    We learned that if you wanted an inexpensive car that you could count on there were choices beside the Beetle.

    Just as Datsun taught the British working class that they could buy a car that actually ran when they needed it.

  • avatar

    Neat little car , too bad the tin worm got it .

    At least the ‘ cash for klunkers ‘ aspect shows us it was still running and registered when it was scrapped .

    I am also pleased to see it has been cherry picked for good parts .

    Me , I’da grabbed that driver’s side rear view mirror for one of my Oldies as it looks nice and appears to be in VGC .


    • 0 avatar

      So the orange spray paint on the engine is junkyard code for “cashed for clunkered- no usable parts inside”?

      • 0 avatar

        The C4C program required the engines be destroyed — the spray paint is meant to deter people from trying to salvage anything from them.

        • 0 avatar

          They were supposed to pur in a mix of oil and glass beads then run the engine until it died or seized , no parts with the spray paint are allowed to be sold .

          Much anguish was caused amongst the So. Cal. Hot Rodders as scads and scads of good big blocks were ruined then scrapped , you couldn’t even buy the cylinder heads or manifolds off them .

          of course , Self – Service Junkyards remain full of 454’s and other big block V-8’s for $250 each fan to flywheel , no one wants them .


    • 0 avatar

      C4C eligibility rules stated that cars more than 25 years old were not eligible, as were cars that had an average fuel economy of more than 18 MPG, so this Corona would not have been part of that program.

  • avatar

    Who on earth would buy a Simca over this? Even in 1971 that would have been a dubious choice. — cue the Simca lovers’ protests —

  • avatar

    In 1973 my father bought a ’71 Corolla, painted in this same pale yellow, to use as a tow car for a motor home. I had the privilege of driving it home, despite being on my learners permit. It was also the car I got to drive once I got my license. It was nothing special, simple 1600 cc engine with a four speed and a chassis with lots of built in understeer, but it was pleasant enough to drive, and much quicker than my sister’s Beetle.

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    I think we had one of these from around this time as a loaner at our shop when I was a kid, but I can’t remember and the internet is no help. What year did the Corona switch to a round speedometer with ridiculously elongated numerals (possibly more so than the ones on this example)?

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    First, I love the arrogant spokesman for the 2nd Gen Corona ad. Arrogant or not, what he was saying was spot-on, a poke in the eye of Pinto and Vega. And while we had to wait until model year 1971 for the first gen subcompacts from Ford and Chevrolet, Toyota introduced version 2.0 of the Corona the year before, and Datsun issued a refreshed 510 the same model year as the 1970 Corona.

  • avatar

    Am I the only one here who wants to shove a giant lime into one of those open back windows?

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    Hard to believe the Camry is its offspring.

  • avatar

    Fun inquiry.

    What was the last Japanese vehicle to wear a script font to be sold in North America?

  • avatar

    I bought one of these (a white 71′ coupe with a two speed automatic) with the intention of restoring it. The styling was very tasteful considering how downright weird things became a short time later (yes, I’m talking to you Subaru). It wasn’t running so I kept it in covered storage at my Dad’s farm. Unfortunately it was during the time when my Dad disowned me and it went off to the crusher.

    Really neat car.


  • avatar

    so bad jap cars were eavily taxed here in europe back in the days.
    infact the simca 1100 (1204) sold so well here because was a very good mid-sized car compared to the competition.
    maybe sounds incredible but the simca was more reliable and robust than competitors like fiat, ford, citroen… was a workhorse. i remember how unrefined it was: terrible steering, noisy engine, slow. still they managed to sell it for nearly 20 years!

    toyota corona/carina, datsun 140/ bluebird …. , subaru were years ahead of european competition.

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