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Toyota Corolla AE86 (1983 - 1987)

Last updated 19 September 2013

 
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Buying Guide

Good

  • World's best selling car by a long way.
  • 13' 7" long, 5' 5" wide, light weight of 890 - 925kg.
  • Simple 1,295cc 65bhp engine with front drive and rear wheel drive on estates.  5-speed manual with 3 speed auto option. 74bhp from March 1985.
  • AE86GT rear wheel drive 2-door coupe with 1,588cc 122bhp AE86 twin cam engine from Feb 1984 to August 1987 and 3-door front drive GT hatch with same engine from March 1985 to August 1987.
  • Rear drive AE86 GT became very popular with the drifting fraternity. The fore-runner of the 2013 GT86. Still a great drive and good, unmolested examples were fetching £10,000 by 2013.
  • Famously driven by 'J-So' in the 2004 Movie 'Initial D'.

Bad

  • Getting really old now.
  • Likely to have had a long hard life and to have served time during part of it as a mini cab.

Watch

  • Almost bound to have been owner-maintained.
  • But so cheap, if it runs and has a long MOT you can buy it to run until its ticket runs out.
  • GT coupe and hatchback a different matter and quite coveted. Some have been very highly modified.
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