Our own Ray Lindenburg of Hatchtopia fame recently compiled a really neat-looking Hooniverse calendar, complete with Finnish and Polish weekdays along with English ones. Since he did such a good job and it’s very well known he likes this exact shape of car, I photographed the one I’ve been seeing on the parking lot nearby.
It’s a red 1992 Corolla LB with the 1.6-litre fuel-injected engine, XSi trim and stick shift. It’s what we have for the Geo Prizm hatch.
The front grille bears the 1990s-onward cowboy Toyota logo, instead of the older, classic TOYOTA badging. The daintier, colour-coded JDM/Euro bumpers also feature here, instead of rugged USDM all-black rubber bumpers that extend further. It’s a good look, and one of my favourites in this class.
What about the back? This is where the Liftback scores, as it’s all clean glasshouse and the spoiler is ever so well integrated. There’s the minor add-on of a tow bar ruining the looks, but it’s all good as most Finnish cars of the age used to have them.
The wheels aren’t exactly Toyota spec, as they’re BMW E30 bottle caps. Surprisingly, they fit the Corolla perfect. Probably as the sharp nose has a touch of sharknose about it.
The car is a perfect winter beater, in my opinion. Cheap, reliable, looks good, is versatile, and despite the covering of cack hasn’t gotten too bad in a shape by now. These Corollas aren’t too rust-proof, but this one hasn’t seemed to rust too much.
Speaking of beaters, the USDM Maxima I drove some time ago was towed to the dealership yesterday. I wonder what broke, and if it’s related to the colder temperatures.
And me? Well, I’ve posted a bit less in recent times. That’s not because I’ve been run off the site, but because I’ve been writing a whole bunch of things lately, for work. You see, a bit like Blake Z, I’ve now been actually employed by automotive magazines. In case you speak fluent Finnish and reside here, you can see some of my output if you walk to the magazine stands in this country. Classic cars magazines, truck magazines, tuning magazines, hot rod magazines, magazines about machines big and/or old; this autumn a number of them bear my name and output here and there. Take a look, if you have the time. I try to be good.
But of course, I will be contributing here in the future as well. I love the Verse just as much as always.
[Images: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]