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Autotrader Find: 1981 Toyota Corona


Today’s Autotrader find is a rare 1981 Toyota Corona.  Slightly smaller than that other old Toyota sedan, the Cressida, the Corona was the predecessor to the venerable Camry.  Known as the T130 generation, the Toyota Corona you see here is the last to be marketed in the United States, and it was last sold for the 1983 model year; its discontinuation coinciding with the release of the Camry, which went on sale for the 1983 model year.

Unlike the front-wheel drive Camry, which was designed to better compete with the Honda Accord, the Corona utilized rear-wheel drive; which was effectively the industry standard, until Japanese automakers began leading the charge to front-wheel drive, which proved to be more efficient and less complicated.  The Corona for sale here is technically a sixth-generation model, which in the US was offered in three different bodystyles; sedan, wagon, and hatchback, and in two different trim levels; base and LE.

While it left the US in 1983 after its sixth-generation, the Toyota Corona made it to an 11th generation in other markets, with sales lasting until 2001.  It switched to a front-wheel drive architecture for its eight generation.

This 1981 Toyota Corona comes with 185,434 miles on the odometer.  While the listing doesn’t specify the powertrain, under the hood you’ll likely find a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine putting out 96 horsepower and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Located at a dealership in Greensboro, NC, it’s brown with a beige interior.  The asking price isn’t listed, but we’re willing to bet you could pick up this vintage Toyota sedan for a reasonably low price. Find a Toyota Corona for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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