It’s not a Corolla folks, it’s a Corona! A 1975 Toyota Corona Mark II 2000 GSS. Several of them actually, which the green one being the highlight of this video.
The showroom-quality examples we’re looking at here belong to the second generation of the Toyota Mark IIs. The “2000 GSS” badge, introduced in 1969 on the first generation Mark II, signifies that this is the top-of-the-line, hardtop coupe model. That got you electronic fuel injection starting with the 1975 model year, that “GSS” racing stripe down the sides and the I4 1,968 cc (143 HP) 18R-G DOHC engine.
The Mark II we got in America started out with a 2.3-liter 2M I6 engine that put out 109 HP. Later on in the model’s life, it was replaced by the larger 2.6-liter 4M I6 engine with 123 HP.
Now I’m sure you’d love to hear what I think about this car and even if you don’t, I’ll tell you anyway. I really dig it. I love the way it slopes down in the back and those long taillights. It reminds me a lot of the first-generation Toyota Celica. Not to mention those stripes are soooo 70s. In the best way possible, of course. The way the front grille comes to a point reminds me of a 2nd generation Buick Riviera. It really helps the car stand out from the crowd and almost gives it a nose. Quirky, huh?
It almost looks like the Japanese equivalent of an American muscle car. Don’t tell anyone but, I’d rather have one of these over a muscle car.
Overall, these are fantastic examples of Japanese steel. Then again, I’d expect nothing else from Daniel’s car spotting videos. Kudos to the owners for preserving these cars for generations to see and appreciate. If you’re a car person, you know examples like these are rare to see so it always brings a smile to my face when I see one.