PCH, Budget Engine Swap Edition: Chevy V8 RX-7 or Nissan V6 Corona?

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Last time around, we saw the beat-to-hell Dodge Colt Turbo take the win over the totally trashed Chevy Sprint Turbo in the Choose Your Eternity poll. » 9/23/08 5:20pm 9/23/08 5:20pm That's great, but what if you want a…

Rusty Berkeley Corona Beats Odds, Evades Crusher

You can't go more than a block or two in Berkeley without running across some sort of interesting old car; we saw the Jag XK140 that Herr Johnson shot for us last week, and now we're going to look at a car that's nearly as rare (though not quite as sought after). The Toyota Corona has more or less disappeared from… » 5/30/08 3:00pm 5/30/08 3:00pm

Photograph of Murilee's First Car Unearthed!

As Gibby says, "It's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done." In my case, this painful truth comes back to sting me every time I want to write about some beater car I got for cheap back in the day- and there were dozens of such cars in my misspent hoon youth- and I realize once … » 2/26/08 8:00am 2/26/08 8:00am

Roger Moore and the Toyota Corona: Big In Japan


Sure, we though Jodie Foster hawking 5th-gen Civics for the Japanese home market was cool, but how about this series of ads for early-80s Toyota Corona models done by Roger Moore? Yes, an Hombre Secreto like Mr. Moore needs what the Corona offers: turbocharging that sounds just like a jet engine and the boost needed… » 12/05/07 1:30pm 12/05/07 1:30pm

Project Car Hell: '72 450SEL or '69 Corona?

As we all saw yesterday, a Wankelated Hillman Minx stomps Grandma's '71 Ford LTD in the Project Car Hell competition, with close to a 75/25 pro- (or anti-, depending on how you define the term "Project Car Hell") Minx split in the voting. Today's PCH contestants should be a bit more evenly matched in the Hell department, … » 7/31/07 5:30pm 7/31/07 5:30pm

A Corona Moment

Strange to imagine a time when Toyotas were considered quirky-yet-sensible little vehicles, rather than the relentlessly staid competition-annihilators they are today. Straddling the period between the "aren't these Toyopets cute?" era and the "why the hell should I buy a Cavalier?" era, the Corona was sold on these shores … » 4/27/07 3:30pm 4/27/07 3:30pm

New York Times Acknowledges Hipness Of Old Toyotas

Sure, old-school date-code-worshiping car collectors think Toyotas are a snore- you know, if it runs, it's not collectible (plus the stolid rep of Toyota's current lineup doesn't exactly help). But the Gray Lady did some digging and found that a younger generation of car freaks has discovered the cars of Toyota's early … » 3/26/07 6:36pm 3/26/07 6:36pm