5k: Coach Built: 1983 Toyota Corolla SR5 Convertible

 The 4th generation Toyota Corolla (1979-1987) was the final edition of the legendary compact that used rear-wheel-drive across the entire platform.   It was one of those cars that did not make a big splash when new, but quietly went about the business of moving people around in relative comfort and reliability.  Find this 1983 Toyota Corolla SR5 Convertible here on eBay offered for $7,500 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Lancaster, PA with 5 days to go.

This was the Corolla that built the reputation of Japanese reliability — just as Chrysler was filling the world’s scrap yards with K-cars, GM kept changing the name of its compact Vega-Monza-Cavalier (hoping in vain that buyer’s wouldn’t recognize the fetid scent of turd polish) and Ford was rattling our fillings out with the CVH (considerable vibration and harshness) powered Escort.

This particular Corolla was convertiblized by American Custom Coach Works Ltd, who maintained a PO Box in Beverly Hills, but their actual factory was probably in Van Nuys or some other smog/crime/flea infested hellhole in the LA basin where running an angle grinder at 3am doesn’t attract too much attention. 

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