Video: Who Would Have Thought That You Could Make a Corolla Look This Cool?

It doesn’t take much to make Toyota's AE86 Corolla look cool, but what about the more pedestrian front-wheel-drive version from the same vintage?

Apparently, all you need is some handbrake turns, a good-sized jump and a banging synth track.

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ChrisTropea Associate Editor
10/1/20 4:22 p.m.

"Searches Marketplace for a 1986 Corolla with manual transmission" 

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
10/1/20 4:33 p.m.

Always been cool.  

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/1/20 4:34 p.m.

In reply to ChrisTropea :

I know, right? I'm not sure how successful this ad was when it first ran, but I'd say it's working nowadays.

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/1/20 4:39 p.m.

Not realistic at all.  Everyone knows that handbrake turns make girl’s pants fly off.  I learned that on Top Gear from Clarkson, so I know it to be fact.

malibuguy GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/1/20 9:21 p.m.

Here is one I built for a customer.  Took out the tired 4ac/3spd auto and swapped in a 4efte/4spd auto.


Total sleeper.  He wanted more passing power and fuel injection.  So I nearly doubled the power and he gained about 10 more mpg. 

NOT A TA SuperDork
10/1/20 10:19 p.m.

Chevy knew what to do. '88 Nova Twin Cam. Double the popwer of a normal Nova and with a 5 speed manual. Bought a new one for my wife at the time to replace her '82 rabbit because she wanted something with 4 doors (because kids) that was quicker than the Rabbit.

Wife's car at 20 Years old.


NOT A TA SuperDork
10/1/20 10:26 p.m.

I've got a NOS OEM Twin Cam bumper if anyone needs one. Should fit Corollas also. Already painted black from the factory because all Twin Cams were black, no other color choice.


Jerry UberDork
10/2/20 8:13 a.m.

I would have thought it would be easier to find Adam Brock's #rallycorolla on Google.  Here's part of it.

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