1972 Toy­ota Crown

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

This is an in­cred­i­bly rare fourth gen­er­a­tion pre-facelift Crown M65 in great con­di­tion. It was put into dry stor­age for many years and came out briefly around 2000 when it was ser­viced thor­oughly and the paint pro­fes­sion­ally re­freshed. It was put straight back into stor­age again un­til late 2016 ( CCW, 22 Fe­bru­ary) when the Cole fam­ily fi­nally de­cided to sell. I was lucky enough to buy the car di­rect from them, had some work car­ried out by a lo­cal re­storer and got it MoT’d. It needed a new bat­tery, a few bulbs and a si­lencer re­pair and the rear brakes had to be freed off.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

My friend’s grand­fa­ther bought it new from Bennett’s Toy­ota dealer in Ewhurst, Sur­rey in Fe­bru­ary 1972 and it has has lived all of its life in Dunsfold, just four miles away. It still car­ries the orig­i­nal ‘Run­ning In’ sticker in the back win­dow. The orig­i­nal owner’s man­ual, dealer purse and parts man­ual are still with the car, as are the orig­i­nal ig­ni­tion key and full Toy­ota tool­kit. It’s cov­ered less than 60,000 miles from new.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

The car is not cur­rently per­fect but could eas­ily be made so. The fuel and tem­per­a­ture gauges don’t work (though the for­mer does show re­serve), the elec­tric aerial mo­tor runs but the aerial it­self doesn’t rise or fall, there’s a lit­tle bub­bling in a small area on both rear whee­larches and one wing mir­ror is miss­ing.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

No.

WHO Robin Shep­herd WHAT 1972 Toy­ota Crown MILES 5 PROVE­NANCE One pre­vi­ous fam­ily MODS None HOW MANY LEFT 5 on road

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