Here’s one for your ice racers, this is a 1980 Toyota Corolla Tercel SR5. Yes, for the first two years that these cars were sold in the US they went by both names, Corolla and Tercel. In 1982 they dropped the Corolla name and it just became the Tercel. This one is on craigslist with an asking price of $1,600. This car is located in Whitefish, Montana. And about that dent? A deer ran into the side of the car. Thanks to Quinn for submitting this find!
I used to take my 1971 Corolla wagon around an ice racing track in the early-80s but that was a rear-drive car, I’m not sure how a front-drive car would be. Saab sure had a lot of success with it. Here’s a YouTube video of a 1982 Corolla Tercel in the snow. The seller says that this one runs great and it’s driven a few days a week between Whitefish and Eureka, Montana, about 50 miles each way. But, then they say that the only reason for selling it is that it’s a third car and it doesn’t get driven much.
You can be the 4th owner of this car, it really would be a nice little commuter. The SR5 model (a $600 package in 1980) had a 5-speed manual transmission and this one comes with a full set of summer tires as well as the winter tires seen here. No word if the optional alloy wheels are on the summer tires or not. Black, urethane bumpers were more ding-resistant and also lighter than chrome bumpers so that’s what these cars got. You can see the super cool plaid interior in this photo, but there are no photos of it! Arrrrggghhh..
It almost looks like it was just washed and the interior windows are fogging up, or the recirculating switch is on. Or, is that ice on just the side windows? Here are a bunch of way-too-happy Toyota Corolla Tercel owners on YouTube. This engine, oddly enough for a front-drive car, isn’t transverse-mounted, it’s longitudinal. In order to make that work, the transmission had to be mounted underneath the engine and floorboards in order to get it to fit. Why Toyota went with that rather than a transverse engine is a bit strange for a company with so many engineering ideas. This engine is a 1.5L inline-four with around 60 hp, and again, there are no photos of it. Supposedly it runs great and has had a new timing belt, distributor, thermostat, and a full tune-up. I bet this is a pretty fun car to drive in the winter, it’s cheap enough that you wouldn’t have to worry about it rusting out, and if a deer runs into it again, hey, no big deal!