OG GR Corolla: 1987 Toyota FX-16 GTS

On the Toyota website, the soggy soybean oil favored Corolla is given the tag line “Refine your routine” — a not-so-subtle acknowledgement that the Corolla is about as much fun as a trip to the oral surgeon. The depicted urban youngsters dancing around in yoga pants, checking their credit report on their mobile phone, or lacing up roller skates aren’t old enough to remember that the Corolla wasn’t always mood killing penalty box with all the joie de vivre of an insurance company’s end of the year financial report. It was once a fun little corner carver that perked up an enthusiast’s head with names like AE86 Levin, Sprinter Trueno, or the FX-16 hatchback version…which was the equivalent to today’s GR Corolla. Perhaps Toyota isn’t dead after all? Find this 1987 Toyota FX-16 GTS offered for $5,500 in South Beach SF, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1987 toyota corolla
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 80000
paint color: white
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
1987 Corolla FX-16 GTS

Needed something reliable and enjoyable to drive for the duration of my internship in San Francisco (4 months), and just looking to sell it now, need it gone before December 25th.

Its been a great car, I did spark plugs and an oil change when I first got it and its been an absolute blast. Wish I could keep it – but unfortunately there’s no feasible way for me to bring it with me.

Clean title, has a 4AGE 16 valve (blue top) engine, and a 5 speed manual transmission.

Has an aftermarket radio which works great, aftermarket push to start, and remote locking/unlocking. Comes with a whole bunch of spare parts (lights, axles, quick release hub for some reason, and a couple more)

Unfortunately it has a cracked windshield and several cosmetic flaws (worn out steering wheel, some tears in the seats), but mechanically its incredibly stout.

Chassis has 400k+ miles on it and still holds up wonderfully, engine and transmission are new however with less than 80k miles. Tires and brakes are in great condition too 🙂

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