Small Toyotas are the staple automotive fare of Eugene; here’s two extreme ends of that spectrum, right next door to each other. Someone’s obviously not doing their share to keep the Toyota factories busy.
Holy cow! That yellow Corolla is almost a dead-ringer for the 1976 mdel I looked at and SHOULD have bought when in the market for my first new vehicle purchase in fall, 1975! It was an SR5, very nice.
I haven’t see one of those in many years. Remarkable.
I suppose wifey and I will have to take a northwest coastal vacation and swing through Eugene one of these days.
Yeah, all the way up through western Oregon and Washington – you’ll undoubtedly see a million dull silver and white Japanese cars, but you’ll see one or two old yellow, butterscotch, or bright red Corollas too.
Here in Quebec, these old Corollas had been long gone thanks to the road salt we put on the roads…
Wow, that’s the second yellow Toyota liftback I’ve seen photographed this week!
Might be something to be said for not keeping up with the Joneses, as it would appear the Joneses are letting the roof of their domicile go.
…oh, right, the cars. My money says the Corolla wagon ends up longer-lived than that black crossover-thingie.
That’s right! It’s just a matter of priorities. The next door neighbor would rather put their money into cars than fixing up the house, I guess.
The silver Corolla wagon in the foreground is of my favorite generation of Corolla, the AE92/AE91. Too bad there couldn’t be a 5-door liftback Prizm GSi to throw in there as well!
Love the liftback. Also, the Lexus is an incredible vehicle….one they got right.
My roommate scored an 89 Corolla Turbo All Trac wagon off craigslist for dirt cheap a few weeks ago. I’m totally going to do an article about it someday. God I’m lazy. Good thing Paul pays me so little.
And yeah, Eugene is full of these old gems.
Our friends have a Corolla AllTrac, but I never knew there was a Turbo Corolla of any kind, at least in the US (Celica AllTrac Turbo, yes). Our neighbor has one of the Corolla wagons of the style in Paul’s picture, often parked nose to tail with our 2nd gen Prius which is almost the same color. That too is quite a contrast. RWD Corollas are disappearing fast here, with the exception of modded or restored AE86 16 Valve Corolla GTS.
That Corolla wagon’s a real workhorse of a machine. I bought a ’94 for my son when he went to college in ’06 – it had only 89K on it. He wasn’t as steadfast about the care and feeding of the machine as I wanted him to be but it steadfastly performed despite of his lack of attention. To my dismay, he cracked it up before he finished school. I was counting on getting it back as it was a better car than I was driving @ the time. So much for parental sacrifice….
Love all the glass area on the Corolla wagon; such a clean, honest design. I still see the sedan version of these Corollas around the Quad Cities, though they have the expected Midwestern iron oxide option.
But the one I really dig is the yellow Liftback. As a kid in 1st or 2nd grade, I remember one of the other kids’ moms drove a dark brown Corolla Liftback. My Uncle Dave and Aunt Lori had one too in the late ’70s/early ’80s. It was traded for a new circa-1985 Subaru Loyale wagon. Those Liftbacks remind me a LOT of the Volvo 1800ES wagon, like the red one we used to have.
Deja Vu. I bought a 76 Corolla SR5 with my reenlistment bonus in my Army daze. Bright red, 5 speed, installed the obligatory CB radio with a 109″ antenna on the back and kick ass Jensen stereo system. That little 1.6 litre engine may not have been the most powerful in it’s class, but it was enough to be fun to drive and get good mileage. I had that thing for 10 years, put nearly 250,000 miles on it without a problem. then the damn thing got stolen. One of the best cars i ever owned.
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