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That theory explains why not many Coronas are found wearing antique license plates.

The small car has a number of deluxe features including backup lights, power disc brakes and a dozen red defogger lines in the rear window.

An optimistic speedometer has a high figure of 120 mph. Mr. Smith says, “It might do 80 down hill if you’re lucky.”

The odometer in the Toyota Corona has now recorded 3,700 miles but is certain to be accumulating more miles because, Mrs. Smith says, “I like to get it out and drive.”