The AE86 Toyota Corolla isn’t fast. It’s not beautiful. It’s not exotic. It’s not anything that anyone would immediately single out as why a car is good. And yet the world loves it.
The AE86-generation Toyota Corolla is a highly desirable car nowadays, thanks to its starring role in Initial D, the rise of drifting in America and a general renewed interest in good ’80s cars. Colin Frost’s 1987 AE86 looks like the ultimate track weapon now, so you might not expect part of his build to include…
If bringing our childhood Hot Wheels toys to life is the true goal of custom car building, Miles’ Isuzu Box Truck wins, air bag’d and decked out to match his 3SGE-powered AE86 Corolla.
It’s extremely hard to be funny in the written word, so much so that you should probably not even try. Which makes this Craigslist ad all the more remarkable, because it is very funny. So much so that we’re contravening an unofficial Jalopnik policy of not posting Zany Craigslist Ads to this website.
I’m currently spending half my time trying to not spend a couple grand buying an early 1980s Toyota Corolla, and the other half checking every Craigslist region in the country for one. With this in mind, I should probably log off of YouTube.
If you’d said a month ago that you had no reason to be excited about a Toyota Corolla, I’d understand. Not anymore. Not since we learned that the 2019 Corolla hatchback with a six-speed manual was coming. Here’s why it’s important.
I can feel the reverberations getting stronger, pulling my hands closer to the keys. Corolla. Model year 1974 to 1985. Sort by: newest. In a flash I am here, 2,800 miles and $2,800 dollars away from this rusty Toyota Corolla SR-5 hardtop. I know must not buy it. Simultaneously: I want nothing more than to buy it.
Welcome to the world of 2018, where the Toyota Supra won’t get a manual but the new Toyota Corolla will.
The old “hachiroku” Toyota Corolla AE86 is one of the most beloved cars in the automotive world. Simple, light, rear-wheel drive and not much else. But these 1980s heroes are getting old and frail, except for one in Japan.
A Toyota Corolla is a safe choice for a car. A boring choice. Reliable, bland, cheap and basic transportation. There is no shame in this. But it makes the Corolla an extremely unlikely contender to be one of the stars of the fastest growing motorsport in America—drifting.
In the warm light of spring 2016, I flew to Sacramento, opened up Craigslist in the airport, and owned a 1970s Volkswagen two days later. It was a beautiful experience, and one that I should probably not repeat. With this in mind, please buy this beautiful Toyota Corolla before I buy another plane ticket.
I used to be all for buying teenagers total crap-heaps as their first cars. It builds character, after all. But then I watched this video of a 1998 Toyota Corolla crashing into a 2015 model, and now I think I’ve changed my mind.
Here is the only photo of the Toyota Corolla FX16 you will ever need.
The AE86 Corolla is a legend in the drift community– eternally cheap, simple, available and rear-wheel drive. But drifting is just one of the car’s many talents.
There are so many Corollas out there we don’t even know about. Corollas we don’t even want to know about.
I thought Toyota dumped all their “youth marketing” energy into Scion sticker kits and mix CDs in 2005, but apparently I completely missed the manual-only “performance-spec” Corolla XRS. Watch this thing haul-ass around canyons and make supercar pilot Matt Farah crack up.
Who says you need a big 4x4 to climb a mountain on muddy Nova Scotian roads? Nah, man, you need something you don’t care about—like an old Corolla. Make that two old Corollas.
The Toyota Corolla entered this world 50 years ago this year. Was the 1980s all-wheel-drive wagon the best one? Probably not, but I love it.
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