I did some research into the digital cluster on the AE86 since my blogposting about the Impulse AE86 rebuild. Lucky enough I have both catalogues for the Zenki AE86s: both the Sprinter Trueno and Corolla Levin (which are for sale actually!). 😉
As you can see: both 3 door GT Apex AE86s have the digital gauge cluster as a standard feature. For 2 door GT Apex cars the digital dashboard was only available as an option. And for all other trims and variants it wasn’t even available!
Both catalogues are from S58 (1983) so that still doesn’t say anything about which years it did feature on the cars…
The Japanese cartuner Impulse is specialized in tuning and restoring Hachi Rokus (Toyota Corolla AE86). They are currently doing a terrific job on this 1983 Sprinter Trueno:
1983 Sprinter Trueno rebuild
Zenki GT Apex wiring loom
When running Google Translate on the page I got this translation under the wiring loom: APEX based on vehicle type 1 for the first half of digital meters installed by default.
If I read this information correct the first batch of Zenki (type 1) GT Apex trim of the AE86 featured the digital dash by default. That would mean almost all 1983 and early 1984 hachis featuring a GT Apex trim should feature the digital dash unless the owner actually ordered the car with analogue dash. I tried to double check that with Carland86 and Goo-net and so far I could only verify that most early zenki (should that be zenki-zenki?) JDM Sprinter Trueno AE86s feature the digidash. Most of the Corolla Levins were all featuring the analogue cluster, so would it be a Sprinter Trueno only default? And would this also implicate Bunta Fujiwara did order a Trueno without digidash or that it is a late 1984 or early 1985 model??
A few days ago HachiRoku.com.au blogged about Keiichi Tsuchiya’s hachi buildup. It was probably shot somewhere in the late 90s/early 2000s. (2023 edit: it was 2002!) I didn’t want you to miss this video (in case you didn’t read it yet at HR):
You can see Tsuchiya really pushed the car before! Structural damage, cracks in the front towers and the seat bracket ripped loose! All is repaired and the car is repainted in it’s original white color. And what stroke me most was that his hachi suffered from rust on exactly the same spots as mine used to have.
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