Cold Start: Making Monobrows Mean Much

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Since I’m still at this Toyota event, I figured I may as well keep all Toyotonic and use an old Toyota for today’s Cold Start, so enjoy this majestic 1972 Toyota Crown, complete with its signature monobrow design that I think gives it a sort of stern, serious look. On some of these the indicators were integrated into the brow, but not this one, though it does wrap into the side marker lamps, classily.

Also interesting is seeing some of the things crowed about on this luxury car, and how they’re dirt-common today:

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Power locks and being able to open the trunk from the inside? Good luck finding any car today without those, but at one time, that was steaming-hot shit.

Two cigar lighters, though, that’s pretty much gone.

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18 Responses

  1. We had a Toyota Crown wagon when I was a kid. Whatever Toyota did to get a reputation as a builder of reliable cars, it didn’t come from our Crown. Think it was a ’69 or ’70. It would fail to start and fail to stop on a regular basis. Was only 2-3 years old at the time.

  2. I’d drive it. I found one of these in Seattle a while back. It’s a unique car, that’s for sure.

    I believe it’s what eventually evolved into our Lexus GS, which had some controversial styling of its own over the years.

  3. My 2019 Fiesta doesn’t have any way to open the hatch from the inside.

    I do love these Crowns though, I really wish Toyota stuck with the Crown in the U.S., they’re fantastic cars. I think the 80s and newer Crowns would have sold quite well here but by that time, Toyota was all in on Lexus and the Crown would eat into Lexus sales too much.

  4. Always liked these Crowns, enough American-inspired Coke bottle styling to feel familiar, but enough other cues to let you know it’s something quite different

    I’d imagine the hard sell at the time was that it was the most expensive thing in Toyota’s lineup, and still seemed small by domestic standards

  5. We had a Toyota Crown wagon when I was a kid. Whatever Toyota did to get a reputation as a builder of reliable cars, it didn’t come from our Crown. Think it was a ’69 or ’70. It would fail to start and fail stop on a regular basis. Was only 2-3 years old at the time.

    1. My Mondial has two – one for front and one for rear (ha!) passengers. It also has a socket in the glovebox.
      But they are all that weird slimline fitment so I can’t use a normal 12V plug to charge my phone.

    2. Pretty much every car has the lighter socket. The whole shebang is under $10 at your auto parts store, if you can’t find a junker car to donate one. Dunno if the factory wiring is up to the load, but with such a short duty cycle, it probably doesn’t matter.

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