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The Carina A6 in the Toyota Family Tree

A couple of days ago Japanese Nostalgic Car posted (yes I do read their blog occasionally) that because of their 75th anniversary Toyota created a big family tree of all models they created. Of course I immediately looked up the third generation Carina in it:
Carina A60 in the Toyota family tree
The nice thing is that they have a fairly good description on the timelines and model and it even includes what plat produced the car. The whole Carina lineup was produced in the Tsutsumi plant. They do mention the addition of the 1C diesel, 4T-GTE and 4A-GE engines but they forgot to add them to the specification sheet.

Another fun fact is that they set the release date to a specific date and in the case of the third generation Carina it was 7th of September 1981: coincidentally my dads birthday. ;)

Direct links to the model pages:
Carina A60 sedan (RA63/TA61/TA63/SA60/AA60)
Carina A60 coupe (RA63/TA61/TA63/SA60/AA60)
Carina A60 Surf (SA60)
Carina A60 van (TA67)

You can also view the original/initial catalogs, but later ones are not included. Links to the catalogs:
Carina A60 sedan and coupe (September 1981)
Carina A60 Surf (February 1982)
Carina A67 van (September 1981)

If you really want to reverse engineer you can actually access the scanned pages of the catalogs directly. These are the first page and last page of the first catalog. ;)

BTW: I just realized the old site got broken after the server upgrade a few months ago and the old content has disappeared. I’ll see if I can fix that. :)

Carina Sightings: rare Carina RA63 for sale!

The 18R-GEU engine was inherited from the two previous generations of Carinas (like the Über Rare Carina RA45), so naturally it found its way into the new A60 generation. But not for long: Toyota struck a deal with Yamaha for a couple of new engines including the 4A-GE (replacing the 2T-GEU) and the 3T-GTE (replacing the 18R-GEU) engines for their high performance models.
Rare Carina ra63 2000 gt
In october 1982 the 18R-GEU was replaced first by the 3T-GEU and the 2T-GEU was replaced in may 1983. In the end the Carina RA63 has only been sold for thirteen months in total…

This Carina RA63 only covered 125k kilometers, so that means at least an overhaul for this 18R-GEU engine: Continue reading

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