Almost A Classic: 1980 Toyota Corolla TE72

The E70 Corolla was the fourth generation of Toyota’s best selling subcompact, and the last to retain a conventional longitudinal front engine rear-drive setup (with the exception of the AE86 “Hachi-Roku” coupe).  It will be miserably slow with a slushbox, but somehow, it still manages to ooze cool.  Find this 1980 Toyota Corolla TE72 offered for $3,000 in North Bend, WA.

The E70 Corolla was available in a diverse array of body styles —  2-door sedan, 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop, 5-door wagon, 2-door coupé, and the 3-door liftback we see here today.  Personally I think the liftback is the most interesting of the breed.

Under the hood is a 1.8 liter 3T-C, which is a pushrod equipped 4-banger that is fed via a single carburetor to produce something around 75 horsepower in California spec.  The seller states that it runs & drives perfect, but mentions that the muffler fell off…

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