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Fastback Friday – 1992 Toyota Corolla Liftback for Ray

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]

Currently there are "13 comments" on this Article:

  1. Van_Sarockin says:

    Nice hatch find. And congrats about that new found gainful employment, and attendant rolling of self in all that filthy lucre!

  2. Fenian says:

    I'm sure it's been asked before, but what is it with all the Finnish cars having that particular style of trailer hitch on them?

  3. dukeisduke says:

    The front end is definitely different – it reminds me of a sixth-gen Mitsubishi Galant. My wife was driving a '92 Corolla notchback sedan when I met her – just a base sedan with the three-speed auto and a/c, Almond Beige Pearl with a brown interior. The thing was bulletproof, and the only real work I had to do was maintenance, brakes, a speedometer cable, radiator, and timing belt. We sold it with 160k to a friend's 16-yo daughter (her first car). She rear-ended someone a month later, and totaled it.

    In fact, if you go to this page:
    http://www.toyotareference.com/corolla/1988-1992

    and click on Almond Beige Pearl, it looked exactly like the cars in pictures #10 and #11. Black bumpers, silver steelies, and black center caps.

  4. dukeisduke says:

    And I've missed your posts, Antti. Put up some more!

  5. facelvega says:

    The only corolla hatch I can get on board with was slightly earlier:

    <img src="http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2009/01/05/05/11/1987_toyota_corolla_fx16-pic-30555.jpeg"&gt;

  6. sporty88au says:

    My father (not a car guy) had one of these as a DD about 10 years ago. it was a darker red than the one shown here, but only had 2 pedals. I drove it to work a few times when I was house-sitting for him – I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by it, but it was reasonably fun for what it was.

  7. mwebb says:

    In the US those were the Geo Prizm Hatchback http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2008/04/27

  8. racer139 says:

    Is Ray's own site (hatchtopia) now dead? Or are there too many articles to be written for other other publications. I quite like his topic. sorry for the late post.

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