This unlikely match-up had never occurred to me before, except for seeing the Peugeot 504 and the Corolla within seconds of each other as I scrolled down our front page. It may be a bit hard to see, but the Corolla sports a very similar and rather unusual break in that line towards its little butt that is highly evocative of the 504’s. When Pininfarina’s 504 appeared in September of 1968, it raised more than a few eyebrows. That unusual droop, starting part ways into the trunk, had never been seen before, and to my mind, not been the object of that sincerest from of flattery (or am I forgetting something?). And the Corolla’s front fender line and C-pillar are also mighty similar. The trademark Pininfarina break line down the middle is missing though. I can’t prove Toyota was looking at the 504’s way, but this second gen Corolla did first see the light of day twenty months after the 504. Plenty of time?
– March 2, 2011