1970 Toyota Corona (RT40)
Name: Keith Worthington Location: Christchurch Occupation: Builder’s apprentice
NZPC: Hi, Keith. How did you end up owning this old girl — there can’t be many others still around like it?
Keith: Hey, guys. I know of a couple of rusty ones sitting around in paddocks, but most of the roadworthy ones kicking about in Christchurch are owned — or, should I say, hoarded — by my mate Ryan and me. I had a dead old rusty RT40 Corona given to me by my neighbour when I was about 14 years old. Trying to find parts for that one led me to this, and since it was in a much, much better state, I snapped it up — thanks, Ben!
What compelled you to chuck the Star Sharks on and lower it after purchase?
Star Sharks have always been a favourite wheel of mine. It’s an old-school Japanese car, and, when I bought it, it came on a set of one-piece Work Equip 01s in the same size. I switch them in and out every now and then just to change it up and keep the look fresh.
And we see it’s still running the original 2R power plant?
Yep, it still has the mighty 2R — absolute workhorse of a thing it is, too. It doesn’t have a lot of punch in it, but me and a few mates will quite often load both bench seats up with six people and cruise about the place. We always get there without a problem; it’s just never the fastest option [laughs].
Do you get a lot of attention from the older guys who would have owned them back in the ’70s?
A lot for sure, and it’s awesome. I couldn’t count how many times older fellas have come up to me and said that they haven’t seen one for years, then how they used to drive them around the place, how good and reliable they were to use, etc.
How does she compare with more modern examples in terms of driving enjoyment?
Modern stuff doesn’t come close to the enjoyment or looks you get from driving it around. It’s very basic, being a 46-year-old car — no power steering, power-assisted brakes, or air con. It’s had a lot of work put into the steering, suspension, and brakes to make sure it’s all tight and firm, making for a nicer ride. Everyone that I’ve chucked the keys to enjoys it and finds it a laugh to drive.
She’s a real keeper. Thanks for sharing, Keith.