Nothing ever kept its value as well as the Toyota Corolla GT Coupe over here. The car was in short supply when it was introduced around the same time as I was, and unlike me, the car entered the world of rally stages pretty instantly. This meant any used examples didn’t spent too much time between plates, or between ditches; a GT Coupe was most often seen rally-prepared at a gravel stage, disappearing into the sticks with a flurry of mud and oh noes.
Fast forward to the early ’00s, and as JDM examples of Levins and Truenos started to swim to our shores, the price level of 10 000 eur for a clean 1984-1987 car was quickly established, though it hadn’t strayed too far from that point earlier. This for a car that cost about 30k in today’s money when new, when you could have gotten a 205 GTi for 25-ish; 101 700 FIM and 81 300 FIM respectively in 1984 Finnish marks. A GT-86 costs 47k eur now, in comparison. And to clarify, 7-10 000 buys you pretty much anything classic and powerful these days. A FWD Corolla from 1985 costs 700 eur, tops. Double that for a FX16 that isn’t made out of bondo. The previously mentioned 205 GTi, if clean, is between 2-3k.
So, here is a used 6000 euro Trueno. It’s a bit bent, but should straighten up with an afternoon’s work with whatever parts you can eBay for it. Take a look.
The only body style available here new was the two-door coupe, a Levin then. No pop-upped Truenos made it here, as those were reserved for the Celica and Supra. This Trueno is a Japanese import as can be seen from the RHD configuration and the short plates.
A while ago, the Trueno here was sold from Turku, the southwest Finnish former capital for something to the tone of 7 000 eur, with family business necessitating the sale. The car was described in the old ad as being in extremely good condition, even if my Turku contacts confirm the car received heavy gas pedal use in suburban Initial D, and that it had a red engine room denoting a colour change to the panda livery.
So, it would appear the car was eventually sold to a dude from the capital region, and that it found an object in its trajectory as the front corner has caved in. This is still purely cosmetical, but the bumper is pretty much long gone now, and Trueno sheetmetal isn’t too easily found here. I imagine a Toyota marble desk charges a fortune for one, overnighted from Jah-pan.
The current seller claims the lack of available time as the reason of selling, but it does seem like he’s unloading the ding in his armour. It’s interesting he hasn’t damaged the rear corner, but has understeered into something. Or then the front left corner is difficult to manoeuvre from the right hand side.
Coincidentally, I happened upon a 1984 comparo between the Toyota and the CRX, 205 GTi, Golf GTI, Escort XR3i, Alfa Romeo Sprint and a Fiat Ritmo 130TC Abarth. The Corolla was described as being dangerously tail-happy, as the writers’ team uniformly spun it on the racetrack. “Too much engine for the chassis”, was the verdict. They very much favoured the Peugeot, the Alfa and the VW.
Here’s the link for the slightly damaged AE86. Would you shell out 6k for it, fix it or leave it be?