The round headlights aren't aftermarket. The 1980's had round headlights. The rectangular ones came in 1981. I shopped for a 1980, but bought a 1981 two door coupe. It was reliable for many years before I passed it down to my younger brother. It wasn't much for utility, but I did once get a kitchen table and four chairs in it.
Welcome to Little Car in the Big City, where I highlight fascinating cars I found walking around a town that is known for being bigger than everything else, but where every car is fighting to stand out: New York, New York.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that writing for Jalopnik is the most glamorous job in the world. But in between all the cash, the cars, the accolades, and the tormented daughters of automotive giants, sometimes you have to make like a paprazzo and chase down an incredibly immaculate early 1980s Toyota Corolla.