16 Comments

  1. K2 Mystery Car
    February 16, 2015 @ 3:42 pm

    Nice find DT, despite the miles. But I'm surprised that you didn't go for this one. Seems like more your cup of sake.

    • Unknown
      February 16, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

      That thing deserves a feature!!!

    • DailyTurismo
      February 16, 2015 @ 5:46 pm

      K2/Andy — That thing has been for sale since at least a year ago.
      -Vince

    • K2 Mystery Car
      February 16, 2015 @ 6:02 pm

      Why doesn't that surprise me?

    • Unknown
      February 16, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

      Ah, must have missed it.

  2. Brian P.
    February 16, 2015 @ 4:35 pm

    I went and checked one of these out about a month ago. What a blast! Small, tight and loves to rev. Would have made a great daily driver if the wife hadn't shot down my dreams….

  3. Gianni
    February 16, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

    I saw this ad the other day when I was doing my daily Alfa search of the local CL. Wish I had the garage space (and money) as it is 10 miles down the road from me. Read the ad, it looks like the kind of seller you want to buy from. Plus he's selling to make room for an Alfa. I know the feeling, I sold the GTI since the GTV was getting really jealous of all the attention the GTI was getting.

    • DailyTurismo
      February 16, 2015 @ 5:48 pm

      Gianni — sorry, forgot to put the tip shout out. Fixed! I too noticed the "make room for an Alfa" comment and thought it might be someone who reads this site…or should read it!
      -Vince

  4. Gianni
    February 16, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

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  5. mrkwong
    February 16, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

    Not much on those white Enkei wheels, though they are period.

    As far as the car goes – the Corolla FX was I think the first US-built Toyota, and it suffered a bit from the US parts suppliers providing the same trash-grade stuff they were used to selling Detroit, and it was also early in Toyota's transition to FWD.

    For what it was it was a nice product, maybe not quite as tight as the mk1 Rabbit GTI but a nicer powertrain, great shifter, great seating position and visibility.

    At two grand I'd grab this thing tomorrow if I weren't already swamped.

    • mrkwong
      February 16, 2015 @ 5:06 pm

      After reading the ad – yeah, I'd buy this thing. He wants $600 extra for the Enkeis and as far as I'm concerned he can keep them, the car needs some 205/50-15s RE11s anyway.

    • mrkwong
      February 16, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

      Think Miata 15x6s drop right on to FWD Toyotas of that vintage, readily available and cheap, swallow a 205/50-15 quite nicely.

  6. TGM
    February 16, 2015 @ 7:54 pm

    These appeared to have everything needed to match or exceed the VW GTI at the time, even a twin cam 16v engine (which the GTI didn't have until a year later). They only missed the mark in one major area…looks.

    • mrkwong
      February 16, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

      Relative to the competition of the time – particularly the Mk2 GTI – was it really short on looks?

    • TGM
      February 17, 2015 @ 1:11 am

      I think so. The GTI had a better butt. This one is like a flat slab of plastic. All the sharp angles didn't age well either.

  7. Gianni
    May 9, 2015 @ 12:10 am

    This car is back for sale on CL. Unfortunately the person who bought it had both CV joints go and take a chunk of the tranny with it. So now it leaks and you have to top it off. The best part is that this incident has apparently added $300 of value of the car since the February ad of the previous owner…

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