2021 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
1973 Toyota MS65 Crown Sedan
|Engine||2.6 litre six-cylinder|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
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The Toyota Crown has been produced in Japan since 1955 aimed primarily at the domestic and select Asian markets. Introduced in 1955 as the Toyopet Crown, it has served as the mainstream sedan from Toyota in the Japanese market throughout its existence and holds the distinction of being the longest-running passenger-car nameplate affixed to any Toyota model, along with being the first Toyota vehicle to be exported to the United States in 1958. The Crown has long been popular for official use in Japan as government cars and police cars, and for taxis. Australia was at one time an important export market for the Crown, to the extent that it was manufactured here from the mid-1960s until the late 1980s using many local components. The fourth-generation Crown was launched in February 1971 and was the first version to be officially known worldwide as the Toyota Crown. With it, the 4M 2.6 litre in-line six-cylinder engine was introduced. Available as a sedan only in Australia (there were coupe and wagon versions in Japan) and in one luxurious trim level, the Crown offered a level of equipment its Australia-made ‘big three’ contemporaries struggled to match.