Picture of the Week: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 at Paris-Dakar in 1984

May 10, 2015 in picture of the week

In 1982 and 1983 Masahiro Uchida and Masaru Kubota joined the Paris-Dakar rally in a Toyota Carina ST A60. The year after they chose a different beast: a Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 coupe. And they stuck to that formula the next two years as well.
Picture of the Week: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 at Paris-Dakar 1984
I have no idea who is posing next to the AE86, but surely that is neither Masahiro Uchida nor Masaru Kubota.
This is a zenki Levin, so it is not the same as the kouki the team used in their famous 1986 video.

Now there are a couple of things odd in this photo: first of all the exhaust is modified in a way that became fashionable in the mid 90s on Opel Calibras and Volkswagen Golfs. Probably they tilted the exhaust tip upwards to prevent it hitting rocks and bumps.
Second of all the rear axle appears if it is IRS and leaning on the stack of tires. Could it be they converted the live axle to IRS to increase ride height? I watched the 1986 video two times in a row but could not see a similar modification on the kouki Levin AE86 they used in 1986…

Via: Forum-Auto

Friday video: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 “Next One” campaign

January 30, 2015 in video

Just hot from the press: Toyota released three mini movies (3 minutes each) called The World Is One in their Next One campaign featuring the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 in three continents: Japan, Africa (South Africa) and Australia.
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
The movie really feels like following the Initial D vibe: two high school students, the nerdy one falls in love with a girl, works his ass of to get a license and a car and then buys a kouki zenki Toyota Corolla Levin AE86. They both go for a ride in the AE86: drifting/hooning off and then cruising along the shores. There the girl is found with another guy and see for yourselves the ending in all three parts. It is really well made!

Japan: Read the rest of this entry →

Wrecked: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 GTV

December 13, 2013 in wrecked

What else to post on Friday the 13th than a wrecked Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 GTV?
Wrecked Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Basically this one owner Levin AE86 bought it in June 1986 and wrecked it six years later. Judging from the damage the car would have been saved nowadays but back in those days a hefty repair-bill of 500000 yen was a bit too much to get it back on the road.

Via Minkara

HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013: Mekaru quad headlight Levin

November 2, 2013 in hachi rock

This is the last of the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 postings. Not that there is not more to show, but actually there is so much to show that I could continue for a good two weeks. 😛

Anyway, the last highlight is this kouki Levin AE86 by Mekaru:
HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 Mekaru quad headlight Levin
When I saw the picture above it hit me like a bomb! Bam!

For some reason quad headlights never made it on Toyotas after 1983 and as the E80 family arrived in 1983 Toyota probably wanted to show it was all modern with the one-piece headlights. But what is there not to like about this quad headlight setup? Read the rest of this entry →

HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013: the TE37v pattern

October 30, 2013 in hachi rock

When you start browsing several galleries with many many of the 250 hachi rokus present at the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 you start to see patterns evolving. Take for instance this perfect Black Limited:
HaCHiRock Festa 2013: Trueno AE86 on TE37v
It is bone stock apart from the TE37v rims.

When you look at the kouki two door Trueno AE86 parked next to it: Read the rest of this entry →