Top-of-the-line for Australian-market Corollas in 1987 (local production 1985- , worldwide fifth-generation production 1983-), with the 'Seca' long-hatch body-style putting this variant ~$1000 dearer than the equivalent Twin-Cam hatch, and $2000 above the most expensive sedan available: an auto-optioned (4A-C powered) CS-X.
This particular car was a bit of a sad sight at the wreckers. Although not the more desirable hatch (and without looking, I'm SURE that's not just me..), it was still a 4A-G Twin-Cam corolla.. and every bit a blast to drive. Low-ish kays, unmodified and in solid, original condition: an easy weekend's work could have had this looking a million times better.
But oh well. Wasn't to be.
I got to the car seemingly quite early on, with only a few of the Twin-Cam specific bits missing. The steering-wheel? Not a chance - that was likely pulled by some lucky bugger as the forklift put the damn thing down!
Still, there's enough there for me to give the curious few (whether you were in a market that never got these new, or simply don't remember them!) a good look over one of these things. A thirty-year-old Toyota hot-hatch with what is (IMO) one of their best engines. I'm a fan.
I want to play in that casino..
Not quite the tremendous "TWIN CAM 16"(!) emblazoned on the entire lower-doors of the early non-Seca hatch...
Ignoring the damage it has unfortunately received at the wreckers, this was one very clean car. The original seats and fabric are in great shape..
Reliable. Efficient. Fun. They last and last, and love a rev. Awrgh.. it shouldn't be here.
..and only 198,000km? Let's take a sticky-beak to see how it has fared:
And we're done!
In an attempt to squeeze-ev-ery-penny out of things I've already written: a quick re-cap of my Instagram posts on this car..
AE82 (E80, fifth generation, 1983-) Toyota Corolla Seca rear hatch garnish. Plucked from a red Twin-Cam at the wreckers a fortnight ago, then polished within an inch of its life; it now joins the random-rear-garnish collection. Next up? BG Mazda 323(Familia) sedan..
..and shifting the spotlight to a random detail likely LONG since forgotten (by absolutely everyone, everywhere): the tiny air-vent on the passenger side of the E80 Corolla instrument cluster. Seriously, aw..
Yep. I got that garnish. Collection bolstered...