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No-Snow Weekend Edition – 1985 Toyota Corolla FX

Antti Kautonen January 5, 2014 Finnish Line, Weekend Edition 5 Comments


Continuing with our gloomy-due-to-the-lack-of-snow Weekend Edition, it’s time to post another beater after the Samara that started our Sunday run. And if you’re looking for affordable transport that requires zero attention regarding maintenance, appearance or objects near or far, you have to go for a hatchback mid-’80s Toyota Corolla.


I really, really have a soft spot for Corollas of this generation. Problem is, they also have a good amount of soft spots by now: I haven’t seen a showroom fresh looking rust free one for ages. Even the grandmamobiles have terrible wheelarches.


And it doesn’t help if your navigating mostly consists of banging into things, or getting banged upon. Surely the Corolla will continue to run, but it’ll just look even worse.


Ah, that’s much better.

[Images: Copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen except that last one, duh]

  • Sjalabais

    This blog post most probably is the highlight of the photographed Sadrollas life. Fame! How kind of you.

  • ptschett

    One of my grandma's sisters has a gray '88 FX hatch. It's in worse shape – the rocker panel behind the driver's door is practically gone.

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    I never noticed, until now, how the cutline for the hatch is continued by the leading edge of the taillight. Very nice. Toyota used the same trick on the rear side window and taillight of the previous Sienna…

    <img src="http://www.thesupercars.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/toyota-sienna-limited-in-white.jpg&quot; width="600/">

    …though, of course, nowhere near as cleanly.

    I also like the bit of horizontal trim behind the rear window, taking emphasis away from the necessary line where C-pillar meets beltline.

  • Van_Sarockin

    These are tough little cars, and will just keep on going, so long as you don't let them rust. They're great in the city, but my mom used to drive hers cross country without complaint. All those dent's? It just means that other cars won't crowd you, and you don't have to get tweaked when someone gives you another parking ding.

  • Needs more engines.