Alfa Not Running? Take The Corona!S

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. How could you not love this battered old Toyota?

I'll admit it, I have a soft spot for Coronas of this era because a $50 '69 Corona sedan was my very first car. And, since we saw a Nice Price Or Crack Pipe Corona just yesterday, I'm inspired to share these photos today. With a tippy suspension apparently copied from the '62 Ford Falcon and a clattery-yet-unkillable pushrod 3R engine, the early Corona didn't really foreshadow much about the slick Toyotas to come.

I spotted this racy-looking beater parked outside a party I attended in the Oakland Hills a few weeks back; these days, I find myself around Alfa Romeo obsessos on a regular basis (24 Hours Of LeMons HQ is crawling with 'em), and of course it turned out that this fine vintage Japanese machine is owned by a guy who drives it when the Giulietta isn't working.

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