This next car comes as a tip from Rock On who writes: Just in case the Mercury Lynx Diesel from last week wasn’t slow enough! Wow. Let’s compare. The Lynx came with a 2.0 liter Mazda RF diesel that put out a blistering 52 horsepower into a chassis that hit the scales at 2300 lbs, […]
The builder of this next car appears to have gotten the cart slightly ahead of the horse, or the intercooler ahead of the hood, as they say. There is nothing wrong with swapping in a 4AGZE from an MR2 into a front-engine rear-drive Corolla chassis, but you might find out that the hood won’t close […]
The AE86 generation Toyota Corolla built from 1983 to 1987 was the last truly great economy car to come from the biggest auto maker in the world. No one will ever buy a Prius years from now for its driving experience, but the 30 year old Corolla is a different animal at its core. The […]
On the Toyota website, the soggy vanilla wafer favored Corolla is given the tag line “Uncover fun” — a subtle acknowledgement that it would take a David Blaine level magician to put fun in a Corolla. The depicted urban youngsters getting coffee, hitting up gourmet food trucks, or fluffing their hair aren’t old enough to […]
The Toyota Corolla is currently in its 12th generation of continuous production since 1966, but there are only a few generations that you could consider even remotely interesting to an enthusiast. The early cars are old and kooky that anything pre-1975 is considered “vintage” and some of the mid-80s AE86 Sprinter Trueno Corollas are modern […]
The third generation of Toyota’s Corolla was sold from 1974 through 1981 and is probably the vehicle you could credit with putting Toyota on the trajectory from a Saab-sized company in 1974 to the worlds biggest builder of automobiles in 2021. The Corolla wasn’t fastest or the sportiest or the best car you could buy in 1974, but where American cars used electronic carburetors and digital dashboards to get buyers in the showrooms to plunk down you cash, the Corolla was just as simple thing that you could run for miles with basic maintenance. I don’t know if it makes sense as a classic, because classics are supposed to be pretty or loud or flashy or rare, but for the asking price you can’t get much these days. Find this 1978 Toyota Corolla Liftback Deluxe offered for $3000 in South Pasadena, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
We’ve featured some interesting Shorty conversions over the years — the winged Shorty Type 2, a super cheap 56 BelAir, and a particularly eye-bending Dodge Omni with rear doors that Kate Moss couldn’t squeeze through, but this next custom is special. Not short bus special, but with that wheelbase, it’ll be twitchier than Jeffery Epstein at a Disney princess convention. Find this 1980 Toyota Corolla Shorty offered for $3800 in Perth Amboy, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car isn’t for the faint of heart. It features a garish paint job that will get you more attention than you might want. It does, however, have a 4-speed manual gearbox, and at least 3 of the gears function. Not bad for less than $2500. Find this 1993 Toyota Corolla Station Wagon offered for $2400 in Oakland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
The easiest way to describe an engine to a novice is that it is an air pump. The more air you pump, the more horsepower you make. If your original engine had a silly little plastic airbox, then you replace it with individual throttle bodies. If you original engine had a exhaust manifold with a Lincoln Log logo on the side, then replace it with headers. Just keep increasing the amount of air you engine can flow and eventually it will be as wicked as this next thing. Find this 1982 Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback offered for $7,500 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist.
The last time I posted a Tercel, I made the mistake of calling it a Corolla…which CFlo caught and pointed it out. So this time I’m calling it a Turdcel, because even though this next car might have some wicked SR5 stripes on the side and louvers to die for…it’s got a seriously scuzzy headliner and a case of paint psoriasis that’ll take more than the potentially deadly ointment they are always trying to sell me in commercials (you know the one where the lady is running around in shorts and playing tennis and the calm doctorish voice warns you about fungal infections and travel from certain third world countries — are they reading my browser history, how do they target these ads on the TV so well??) Anyway…I wish this car was more of a survivor and less of an active patient. Find this 1982 Toyota Tercel SR5 offered for $2999 in Suwanee, GA.