What a neat set of cars. I think Toyota should go back to building these. What's the matter with 40 mpg?
INSANELY COOL.I wonder what that nice one would go for at auction? I don't think I've ever seen one of those.Truly amazing and cool.
Most impressive.Looks like the styling was inspired by Studebaker.Dig the interior door shot. Screams Granny car.
wow, I never knew they imported these until now, and now I know why. they only sold around 320 of them in the U.S. this is a second gen corona under the us import name tiara. I always thought Toyota started with the Toyopet crown in the 50's and then sold the land cruiser by itself after the crown bombed until they introduced the 3rd gen corona in the mid 60's. this is a very interesting find and a great looking mini 50's styled car to boot. whoever the owner is has 3 of the rarest Toyota's to ever grace our land. best of 2012 nomination right here.
They are everywhere in Australia. By everywhere, I mean I've seen one, which my mate owned. Plus there is a Tiara ute for sale on ebay at the moment - only utility I have seen. I believe both were built in Melbourne at the then-newly built Toyota factory.Didn't know they (Toyota Japan) exported them LHD to the States until I found this blog 2 seconds ago.Bookmarked for sure...
So that's where they all went
There's a fourth one in the barn! Two in the Toyota museum in Torrence and one in a barn in Pennsylvania. If anyone knows of any additional I'd like to know as we work to restore the next one.
Absolutely awesome post. Love those parts cars on standby(or are those projects?) and the absolutely mint one-look at that side profile shot!
I've only seen one live, ever. It was the same color scheme. That was around 1972-3.The guy that owned it always had odd vehicles. He sold it because it rusted through around the body/clutch pedal mount and he couldn't get repairs and parts. He owned it for about 9 months and it sat for 3 of those.
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