#TBT: An old-school Toyota with a healthy dose of Lexus V8 power

By Scott Lear
May 30, 2024 | Toyota, Corolla, Engine swap | Posted in Features | From the Nov. 2006 issue | Never miss an article

Photography by Scott R. Lear

During the early part of the 1980s, many compared Toyota to General Motors, the accolades coming thanks to the Japanese brand’s ability to release a dozen different flavors of the same basic model. Toyota’s noble goal was to build a car for everyone. 

A fine example of this thought process is the Corolla econobox, which at the time could be had …

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8/24/17 11:50 a.m.

Heavy breathing intensifies...

spitfirebill UltimaDork
8/24/17 12:17 p.m.

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2002maniac Dork
8/24/17 12:46 p.m.

I remember this issue! I think I read that article twice. Sweet car!

Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 1:09 p.m.

God bless that sweet 1uzfe tone. I'm so close to firing mine up for the first time.

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
8/24/17 1:20 p.m.

The 1UZFE is an amazing motor. I drove one to work today. And yesterday. And a 2UZFE the day before.

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/24/17 1:27 p.m.

yes please

Fitzauto Dork
8/24/17 1:30 p.m.

Nice! I love me some 1uz

Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 2:48 p.m.

For the fire breathing version of this engine ED cure A teal te7 coupe with angry ITBs is sex on wheels.

Stefan GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/24/17 4:54 p.m.

In reply to Trackmouse:

I'm not impressed. Sorry.

Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 4:56 p.m.

In reply to Stefan:

¿Por que?

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