Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1969 Toyota Corona – It’s Had An Engine Swap, But Not With One I Would Have Expected

Here’s another selection from shots posted by Tim Finn from “Corvette Days”. It’s about as prosaic and dull as the ’69 Fairlane sedan we saw yesterday, a Toyota Corona. But what surprised me is when I saw the shot of what’s in the engine compartment: no, it’s not an SBC or LS1.

It’s the quite distinctive hemi-head pushrod 2T 1.6 L four, one that first appeared in the Corolla in 1970 and was never offered in this generation of Corona.

The original engine would have been the 1.9 L 3R engine, also a pushrod four but with inline valves and looking rather like a Chevy II four.

It’s a bit unusual to see a smaller engine swapped in, but it rather makes sense of you want to keep it in the Toyota family. And how many folks would look in here and know that it wasn’t the original engine?