This week we feature the first of the popular Mark II series: the Corona Mark II T60/T70 series. This Corona Mark II coupe may not be a GSS coupe but it surely does look well under that bosozoku skin:
Bosozoku style Toyota Corona Mark II coupe RT70
Eventhough the later Mark II models are immensively popular as zokusha the first Corona Mark II series is not popular at all! So far this is one out of two Corona Mark IIs we ever encountered.
Factory stock zenki Corona Mark II RT60
The Corona Mark II was basically a model designed to fit between the middle class Corona and the upper class Crown. It was only slightly larger than the Corona but it did have a lot of luxuries only to be found in the Crown, like better seats and larger engines. The car was produced as sedan, wagon, coupe and hardtop coupe. The sedan and wagon look very much alike the Corona T40/T50 (a bit dull) while the coupes are sleekly styled after late 60s American cars.
Factory stock kouki Corona Mark II RT62
The Corona Mark II engine range started with the 1.5 liter 2R and ended with the 2 liter 18R. Eventhough normally bigger is better this did not apply to the Corona Mark II: it featured the 10R engine which got later renamed to the 8R-G. If you are a Toyotaku the G typing should already ring a bell: it means twincam (DOHC) with sidedraft carburetors!
Factory stock Corona Mark II Coupe RT72
The 10R/8R-G was a 1.9 liter engine and was capable of producing 140HP and was placed in the top of the range Corona Mark II: the RT75 GSS hardtop coupe, which after the facelift and 8R-G renaming got the RT72 designation. The GSS was mated with a 5 speed gearbox and weighted only 1050 kg so it had an amazing power to weight ratio for its era: 7.5 kg/hp (16.5 lbs/hp), that is more than the 1969 MGB was capable of! Well the 3 liter MGC came near these figures but it had 1.5 times as big displacement as the Corona Mark II! The Corona Mark II GSS was capable of reaching 200 km/h and doing the quarter mile in 16.60 seconds! Amazing performance for a factory stock car in the late 60s!
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Corona Mark II GSS Hartop Coupe RT75
Even though examples of bosozoku styled Corona Mark IIs are really hard to find it don’t think it was an impopular zokusha during the early 80s. The reason it is a rare find nowadays is mainly because most of them are too far gone!
Hahah ok now this is weird, over the weekend i found a 71 corona mkII, and i talked to the guy pretty in depth yesterday and i will probably be getting it this weekend (its out of state so i’m getting it shipped to me) but i was wondering if there were any old corona’s bosozoku style! hhahahah soo perfect timing with this one guys! haha
BTW would this be zenki or kouki? its a 71 mkII
here is some video of that boso corona!
Never seen that vid, and it sure is amazing!
I love that long gearshift stick of the Corona Mark II!
So it is a RT72 after all, but not the 8R-G powered GSS model…
And the Mark II X3 after is even better: the owner looks like he just joined a bosozoku gang. 😉
Great find! 🙂
It looks like a kouki to me: it has the newer grille and in 1971 the design changed to the facelifted version.
Good luck with the car! Keep us updated on the progress! 🙂
I have a RT 72 in Australia with a 18RG in it. Great ride
18RG? Wow, I really need to see that!
Got any pictures to share? 🙂
I have a 1970 rt60 fully original even with the factory hub caps,
But am looking for the original mirrors! Any help guys?