So due to the absolutely raging success of the previous Instagram-tease-to-hooray-it's-everything post..
A look inside the 1986 AL25 Toyota Tercel (4WD SR5) spotted at a wrecker last weekend. Other than the already-nabbed upper off-road guages and gearknob, things are complete and original in here... and give a pretty good idea of just how cool a place it would've been 31years ago. Black/grey with wooly diagonal-design inserts, fabric-upper door trims, grab-handles on the quirky-looking bucket seats, and a strange toothy pattern on the roof..! A fun place to pedal the pedestrian 3A-C four... and hey, in 4WD mode (pulling that smaller lever between the seats to the rear) with what's effectively an oddly-gated 6spd manual..! This one was sadly quite clean (157,000km/100,000mi) and other than a bit of fade, sporting an interior that would've/could've/should've come up a treat. Yet unfortunately that ship has sailed. Hurts to see good original cars wrecked regardless, but when there are SO few left on the road..? Argh. #toyotaaustralia #amitoyota #toyota#teq #トヨタ #al25 #toyotatercel#tercel4wd #classictoyota#oldschooltoyota #3ac#japanesenostalgiccar #1986
..as mentioned in this morning's post: the 4WD Tercel's Z54F 'six speed' - an interestingly simple setup that uses a super-tall *true* first gear (available to select when the FWD-4WD lever is pulled to the rear) as a low range. #amitoyota #toyota #teq #トヨタ #al25 #al25g #toyotatercel#tercel4wd #sprintercarib#toyotasprinter #classictoyota#oldschooltoyota #3ac #z54f#japanesenostalgiccar #1986
1981 Soccer Bowl Champions? Notre Dame? Nondescript plain-white polo? I trio of I-don't-quite-think-they're-Japanese fellows "cheerfully encountering" an I'm-fairly-sure-that's-Japanese AL25 Toyota Sprinter Carib (that's the Japanese-market equivalent of yesterday's Tercel) in this colourful 1983 advert. Relevant yes, sure; but please, zoom manually... get a good look at the head-rest-less folded-seat relaxation.. and my god, that large-pattern plaid trim. What a place to be. #nasl #soccerbowl #notredame #toyota#teq #トヨタ #al25 #al25g#toyotatercel #tercel4wd #sprintercarib#itschocolateforbeatniks#toyotasprinter #classictoyota#oldschooltoyota #3ac #z54f#japanesenostalgiccar #1983
As mentioned in the posts above; I came across this little gem at the wreckers recently (mid-April, so already more than a month ago now) and HAD to have a good crawl over it. I very rarely see these things on the road, so given the chance for a really good look at an unmolested example? And a high-spec SR5 variant at that? Chuffed. I pounced..
1986 AL25 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 - a world-market equivalent of the Japanese Sprinter Carib launched in 1982.
For Australia, this was the higher-specced model in a two-tier lineup (Deluxe, SR5) sold from late '83 through to its replacement's (the Corolla 4WD) introduction in late 1988. Toyota Australia never bothered with any other variation of these second-generation Tercels (what's essentially a smaller, front-driving Corolla, from a time when Corollas were rear-drive); with this model, this generation, the only time the name has ever appeared on the Australian market.
I sure know a lot more about thirty-year-old Japanese commuter vehicles than I do world religions..
Original Toyota air-conditioning decal on the glovebox.
Selling dealer was Castlemaine Toyota, which a quick Google shows is still there, on the same site. It's ~2hours drive north-west of where I took these photos all these years later. Not as brutally-close end-to-end as some other cars I've come across, but seeing local cars (original reg, books) always has be wondering if they'd ever even left the state..
Prelude-esque front seats..
Without scrolling through tens of thousands of photos on my phone, I think this may be the same/similar as units I've come across in the Tarago (Toyota Van) and Cressida..
distant cousin to the 4A-G in the tail-end of my AW11.. in 1500cc single-cam form.
Its mounting position here actually quite interesting, seeing in the base Tercel/Corolla II vehicle it's only driving the front wheels.
..and yep, ohh.. that used-but-not-abused patina. C'mon, work with me here!