Poor Toyota Corona. Not only did it suffer the indignation of being forgotten on a street in Luang Prabang, Laos, covered in dust, but I have let it sit and collect more dust in my hard drive for over 6 months. I'm not sure why this particular old sedan keeps getting ignored, but I finally wanted to bring a little attention to it. This isn't the first time I've photographed and written about a Toyota Corona, so it might seem that I have a particular love of this car. That's not really the case, but in many South Eastern Asian countries, it happens to be one of the more common 'old' cars, so I can't help but notice them.
This particular Corona sedan was my favourite so far, a third generation model produced sometime between 1964 and 1972. A pale shade of blue, it appeared to be fully intact but completely abandoned on a busy street. To be fair there was alot of dust on everything on that street, but it really did appear that this Toyota hadn't moved in a long time.
With a little digging, it turns out that the Toyota Corona actually is an interesting old car. Its rear-wheel drive layout would make it an entertaining ride even if the standard engines are pretty lazy 4-cylinder units. Not everyone likes this type of car, but I find the looks quite attractive, and it has lots of great little design features that catch the eye;. Especially cool are the front fender-mounted rear-view mirrors... or at least they would be if the mirrors hadn't been broken off the mounts already!
I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to have a cool little restoration project, but I sure hope that when I do it's something unique and quirky like this. During my travels I have come across countless interesting vehicles like this, so there will be no shortage of choice when the time comes. It's just a matter of remembering what they are!
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!