One of my favourite beers on a hot summer day is a Corona with a wedge of lime. On a recent vacation to Indonesia I enjoyed several, as a matter of fact. What I didn't expect was that I would experience a Corona of a different flavour. This one was a Corona 2000, a nifty rear wheel drive sedan, produced by Toyota. This particular version was the sixth generation, built between 1978 and 1983. The streets of Indonesia's cities are a mix of modern cars and older gems like this, and while this Corona 2000 (signifying a 2.0 litre engine) was far from pristine, it still looked pretty good for its 30+ years.
As was common to the older cars I crossed paths with on this trip, this one had been embellished with a few additional chrome touches and aftermarket wheels. It may not be my style, but it did add a bit of style to the orange sedan, and it blended in well with the other lightly customised 1980's cars in the city of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java. There were a few spots of rust, but nowhere near as many as one would find in a colder country that uses salt in winter. In Indonesia, which is below the equator, one might have to worry about rain, wind, and the occasional volcano explosion, but road salt is definitely not a concern for old car owners here!
With wonderful weather, kind, friendly people, and many sights to see (ranging from mountains and volcanos to forests, rivers, islands, and ancient temples), Indonesia is a very appealing country. Spread across over 17,000 islands (approximately 6,000 uninhabited) and extending over a total of 5000 kms, Indonesia has many different regions, climates, languages, and cultures. One thing that seemed common everywhere I visited was that they love these old relics as much as I do! So while the idea of living in a tropical paradise is already tempting, add in the availability of cool, cheap old cars, and I could easily be convinced...
For now thought I'm not going anywhere. I'll just kick up my feet with an ice cold Corona, and contemplate this new Corona that I have discovered!
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!