December 3, 2019
When this 1966 Toyota Corona 1900 hit the showrooms, it helped scrawl the writing on the wall for the demise of Volkswagen’s beloved Beetle. Buyers wanting a smaller, inexpensive, reliable car would no longer have to cram their families into a 30-year-old design featuring hardly any trunk space, an inefficient heater/defroster system, and — let’s be honest — weird styling for the 1960s. The Corona had four doors, a much more usable trunk, was more modern-looking, and could be had with an optional automatic transmission. It was also available in the U.S. as a station wagon and a two-door hardtop. This was the third generation Corona — the one which would introduce Toyota to the masses in America. We found this one over the summer at the annual Harbor Cruise at Dunkirk’s Point Gratiot Park.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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