Inaccurately Named 1970 Corolla Sprinter Still Runs Great

1970 Toyota Corolla Sprinter For Sale

We’re on a bit of a ’70s Japanese iron tin thing today, it seems. Hopefully that’s not a problem. Whenever we see slightly rough, but really cheap vintage imports, this is the end result we have in mind. It’s low, but not too low. The wheels are just right. The interior’s clean, with racing buckets. But that leaves two points of discussion: the orange paint and the fender mirrors.1970 Toyota Corolla Sprinter For Sale

A Japanese friend of mine once went off on a diatribe as to the uncoolness of fender mirrors. It seems Over There, only lame cars still have fender mirrors, whilst anything you actually care about sports mirrors on the a-pillar or door. East-West definitions of coolness notwithstanding, fender mirrors almost seem like one’s trying too hard…maybe the automotive equivalent of a Kanji tattoo on a corn-fed white guy. (“It means ‘bravery'”. Sure, dude). On the plus side: no blind spots!

1970 Toyota Corolla Sprinter For Sale

Now, the orange. When driving a sub-2000lb (a little over 800kg for you communists) car built before crash testing involved stars, it’s a good idea to vie for the attention of your fellow motorists. This shade may in fact contain “safety” in its name. Then again, one can only take so much retina searing.

1970 Toyota Corolla Sprinter For Sale

Oh yeah, the stats: basically completely restored using mostly OEM parts. Reserve’s not yet met at $10 grand, and the auction ends today.

What say you?

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  1. Crack pipe!
    Sorry, wrong site.
    Not hoonworthy. A nice looking and seemingly well-restored car, but just doesn't do it for me at that price. I'd rather find a 70% pristine BMW 2002 vs. a 90% pristine Toyota.

  2. I kinda like the look of the mirror-on-fender a la 2000 GT. But the key colored mirrors on this thing look like its mom was a Snork. The orange Snork.

  3. We used fender mirrors on the Killer Bee ala' mid-60s British motor-racing fashion and couldn't see a damn thing at Going for Broken. Worthless for anything other than shoehorning into some of Japan's ridiculously small parking spaces.
    The orange however is badass. I have an orange car that is not badass, but the orange makes it a little badass. You just don't see enough orange cars anymore (and those that are always have a stupid "01" spray painted on the doors).
    Still, 10k is a little too greedy for this little gem. Sub 7 may be more realistic, and 6,500 is just about right.

  4. Nice car. Nice restore job. Not a nice price. $10k? You're out of your mind.
    I got a girl at home but she don’t cook
    I have my condoms in the stove cuz she wont look
    And she never ever go to the grocery store
    So I figure its safe to pull a grocery hoe
    She was buyin Alize out the liquor isle
    She said “I hope its not too ghetto”
    Rocked all gold force back in style
    I kept her number on file for my girl be actin wild
    Like last week I told her take me to the mall
    But she don’t drive
    My other girl picked me up at 3:05
    She got a brand new car, 16
    Now the car only 1 years old, oh
    Man but the body look grown, whoa
    Before I catch a case I better take my ass home
    Where the problems is, arguments be +Daly+ like Carson is
    But the problem is..
    [Chorus]
    We can’t even sit and talk no more, without you arguing
    Girl you must be out of your mind, no no no
    You’re the one who started it

  5. $10K?! Ridiculous. This does bring back some happy memories. My high school buddy Jack, the hooniest kid in school, had a '72 Corolla in this same awesome shade. After blowing the original engine, he swapped in some JDM mill (20R?), progressive springs, gas shocks and Goodyear racing slicks. That little Corolla was ugly but fast, hanging easily with first gen MR2s.
    Jack's cars and driving record were a fair reflection of his predispositions in those days. Eventually the Corolla was beaten into submission, to be replaced by his Dad's old Ford Courier. The engine in that lasted about six months, to be swapped out for a 13B rotary. Soon after, Johnny Law insisted that Jack take an extended break from our nation's motorways, but not before we discovered the most excellent sport of Lay-Z-Boy surfing which involved said Courier, a water-ski rope, a cast off recliner and a couple of morons.

  6. Neat little car, though it'd be even neater with the mirrors (I say keep 'em on) and possibly the hood painted flat black.
    But even then, $10k would be a bit high.

  7. Actually, the Corolla Sprinter dates to 1968 as the name for the fastback variant of the E10 chassis, this this is correctly identified as a Corolla Sprinter. As for the price, it seems fair as the value of these early Corollas has gone up as of late, however, I would have preferred to see a swap to a 4A-GE 20 valve instead of the original engine.

  8. Me being a true Toyota fanatic I'll tell you one thin the car is flawless if I had 10k I would drop it in a beat for that car people don't appreciate a true relic when they see it every one wants something for less but you get what you pay for

  9. wtf 10 grand? are u out of your mind is not even 70% percent original almost everything is been replace your car is a show car not a museum car.

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