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