1984 – 1987 Toyota Corolla Sport coupe: a last rear-wheel-drive…

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1984 – 1987 Toyota Sport coupe: a last economy car classic

The GT-S of the Corolla Sport from featured advanced engineering as a cylinder head with overhead engine camshafts and 4 per cylinder, fuel injection, 4 disc brakes, and more. GT-S hatchback shown.

for a modestly priced rear-wheel-drive car fun-to-drive and has collector appeal?  How one that gets over 40 per gallon?

Often cars we most collectible have a mixture of last-of-its-kind and first-of-its-kind Popular “last” or “first” can be styling, technology, a particular body style, drive layout, size, and much

(A slide show with of all 1984 – 1987 Corolla coupe variations is at the end of this

We offer the “AE86”generation of the Toyota for consideration in this elite of automobile, despite it’s origins as a small, lightweight produced as part of the fifth Corolla design.


It’s the car of its kind with rear-wheel-drive.  By all Japanese, European, and American economy cars sold in the States had switched to front-wheel-drive the subcompact Chevrolet Chevette of and the Corolla coupe.  Even the 4-door sedan now featured While possible to purchase expensive rear-wheel-drive cars the mid-1980s, buyers of economy were pretty much out of if they wanted the sporty and performance advantages traditional offered.

In GT-S form, the coupe was equipped with mechanical features that become mainstream on more cars until a decade Fuel injection, dual engine camshafts, 4 valves-per-cylinder, brakes on front and rear and limited-slip rear differential standard.  On base SR5 models, a automatic transmission with was available – superior to 3-speed many cars in this class offered then.

engine systems were it’s lack of other systems such as airbags, brakes, stability control and adaptive suspension put this car in the mechanically simple category not.  As a whole, cars easy to maintain haven’t produced in decades, so the Corolla has last-of-its-kind appeal in this

Its light weight (approximately pounds) gives the Corolla a decidedly old-school sports car Weighing far less than any car today makes it easy to and adds to fun-to-drive tossable characteristics as well as a great rating of 42mph highway.  disadvantages of its light weight are of crash worthiness and occupant due to the absence of modern impact-absorbing frame design, and airbags.

Its modern styling ditched the truncated look many Japanese cars suffered since the 1960s.  A low hood pop-up headlights, and clean design brought a silhouette to the coupe that kept it through the 1990s.  Many it does not look out-of-place

Original wheel sizes of 13- and on the Corolla coupe are shopping-cart relative to the large size of on most of today’s cars through 20″).  Tires for the coupe are inexpensive to buy, and taller sidewall height for enough cushioning protection potholes that blowouts are However, the 14-inch aluminum standard on GT-S models are and modern-looking in appearance, resulting in a mix of first- and last-of-its-kind advantages in category.

Fans of the final Corolla series refer to it by its chassis code of “AE86″.  down, that designation to “A” (representing the 4-A series 1.6-liter “E” representing the Corolla model “E” represents the Corolla, “8″ represents the generation, and “6″ represents engine’s head (either a 6 marks the fuel-injected engine of 112 horsepower, or a 5 the single overhead cam base version of 70 horsepower).  In Japan, the was also known as the Hachi-Roku, for “eight-six”.


SR5 models: 1.6-liter four engine with single camshaft, two valves per cylinder, and carbuerator (72 horsepower). Front brakes, rear drum MacPherson strut style front suspension with solid rear axle coil springs.  Transmission were 5-speed manual or automatic overdrive.

1985-87 models: 1.6-liter four engine with dual camshafts, four valves per and fuel injection (112 Front and rear brakes discs.  Limited slip differential standard. Front and antiroll bars equipped.  A manual was the only transmission


1984 – Introduced in the United in two-door coupe and three-door form.

Both coupe and were badged “SR5” and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with overhead camshaft and 2-barrel (rather than fuel This engine remained through 1987, and powered all SR5

Standard SR5 wheels were steel wheels, equipped center caps and trim 13-inch styled aluminum wheels were optional.

tire size on SR5s was (remaining unchanged through

A “Sport” package was offered as an on ‘84s and featured sport cloth map pockets (in place of plastic), adjustable driver’s the alloy wheel option, and mud front and rear.

Seats cloth on all SR5s.  Interior were beige or blue.

features included sunroof, control, air conditioning, power power mirrors, and rear on hatchback models only.

A radiator fan shroud was added on equipped with optional air

The high performance GT-S was and added rear disc a sixteen-valve cylinder head 112 horsepower), dual overhead camshafts, leather steering shift knob, rear (on hatchback versions), front air 7,500 rpm tachometer, 150 mph speedometer, oil gauge, painted bumper the “Sport” package introduced the year, “GT-S” decals on doors, and quarter panels.

models came standard 14-inch aluminum alloy and 185/60-14 tires.  SR5 wheel choices carried over from 1984.

A limited-slip differential was optional on GT-S only to reduce rear spin.

The “Sport Interior” was no longer available on SR5 models, but on GT-S only.

A clutch cutoff switch requiring the pedal to be depressed before the would start was introduced production February 1985.

and “GT-S” trunk badging was to flat decal lettering of 3-dimensional emblems on ‘84s.

lines changed from a setup to a 5-line setup May

Interior color choices on were maroon, gray, and GT-Ss were available in and gray.

Corolla Sport a mid-cycle cosmetic update.  On all tail lights were black plastic garnish was around headlight lids, marker lights, trunks and plates, and black plastic arch trim was added to models only.

Front were enlarged to extend front headlights, with extensions now appropriately smaller.

high mounted 3rd brake were added on all models to with U.S. federal

“GT-S” side decals reduced in size and came on doors and trunks.  No longer fenders or quarter panels Trunk decals for all models to a gradient design from the type.

Rear trunk were no longer equipped on 2-door coupes but 3-door still had them.

Aluminum wheels were redesigned.  On wheels were still 14 but featured a new snowflake pattern.  SR5 wheels were still 13 but now featured a 7-spoke design and aluminum facing.  Base steel wheels on SR5s unchanged.

Automatic transmission models (SR5 only) a redesigned gear shift with the overdrive button on the knob instead of on the center assembly.

Interior cloth from tweed style to velour with checker on GT-S models.  Door received separate arm rests bolted on in place of one-piece vinyl ones.  Headliners and sun (now larger in size) from vinyl type to a cloth type.

Steering were updated from a center horn to a more 6-sided design.

Gauge illumination changed from to white, and faint vertical were added to the cluster surface.  Needles also to white and featured redesigned The dashboard clock lettering was now in instead of being offset in

Climate control panel changed to an all-symbol design a more textured feel to surfaces.  Buttons on the dash for defogger, wiper, etc. now lit up headlights were on.

All models an improved clutch master designed to reduce squealing.

A pump was added to the cruise system for smoother operation.

mechanical changes included a smaller steering rack for reduction, improved fuel baffling to reduce fuel starvation around corners, and a new diagnostic terminal port.

color choices on SR5s black, gray, and blue. were available in black and

Three door “Liftback” were dropped, leaving SR5 and coupes only for the ’87 model Otherwise, ‘87s were a direct carryover from the year with several interior differences.

The “Sport package was again made on SR5s as it had been for 1984. SR5s were equipped it.  The package was standard on models.

The interior material was switched to velour the previous was changed back to tweed from 1984-85.  Headrests to cloth type from on SR5s and GT-Ss without Interior”.

Radio connectors to new Toyota standard plugs on almost all Toyotas until

Interior color choices on were black, maroon, and GT-Ss were available in and blue.

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Limited edition Limited” AE86s were to commemorate the final production run of ’87 Corollas before being by the next generation 1988-92 AE92 Corolla coupe.


Although coupes were sold in numbers, most in northern states have not survived the salt corrosion well and gone to their graves.  clean, original, good can still be found in southern and warm climate states.  Be when looking at GT-S particularly – many of them been modified by owners varying levels of mechanical and have been driven by fans of “drifting” (prolonged which shred clutches, lines, differentials, and engine


The of the 1984-87 AE86 Corolla coupe today remains so among young drivers of generations that Toyota planners were inspired to a spiritual successor.  One that rear-wheel-drive sports car handling simplicity and low cost as the original

To cut costs, Toyota teamed up Japanese automaker Subaru to develop a platform for both car to sell a version of.  “FT-86″ to commemorate the original design and body panels engineered by Toyota while and drive train work done by Subaru.

As such, the Subaru engine both versions will be a four-cylinder engine with laid out in typical flat, opposed Subaru fashion.  fuel injection enables the new to create 200 horsepower without the use of a or supercharger. 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be

In the United States, Toyota sell its version (to be called under its Scion brand – in all markets, it will be simply a Toyota.  Subaru’s version has dubbed the BRZ.  Unlike all Subarus which feature all-wheel-drive, the BRZ is planned to remain the only rear-wheel-drive offering.

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The Corolla Sport was introduced for model year as a two-door notchback coupe and three-door hatchback. Both were sold in SR5 trim for 1984. This U.S. advertisement introduces the three-door version of the 1984 Corolla SR5. (Photo credit: Motor of North America, 1984 TOYOTA COROLLA SR5 coupe

Aluminum alloy of this design were on base SR5 coupe models 1984 – 1985. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.) A U.S. market Corolla Sport SR5 three-door (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.)

U.S. market advertisement the new GT-S version of the Corolla for 1985, available in coupe and form. (Photo credit: Motor of North America, A 1985 Corolla Sport notchback coupe.

Left view of the new-for-’85 Corolla GT-S notchback coupe. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc) A 1985 Sport GT-S notchback Side view of the hatchback of the new-for-1985 Corolla GT-S. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc)

1985 GT-S hatchback right view. (Photo credit: Motor of North America, 1985 Corolla GT-S front view. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.)

Optional 14-inch wheels were redesigned as here for 1986-87. 1986 SR5 shown. (Photo credit: Motor of North America, 1986 Corolla SR5 hatchback the 14-inch factory accessory (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.) view of a 1986 SR5 hatchback the base level bumpers were unpainted, and 13-inch steel wheels. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.)

For 1986-87, Corolla GT-S models featured revised aluminum wheels, GT-S decals, and redesigned U.S. market 1986 Sport GT-S hatchback (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.) was the last model year for the liftback body style in the Shown is a U.S. market Corolla Sport GT-S door liftback. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.) In other markets, the Sport was known as the “Levin”. advertisement shown. (Photo Toyota Motor Inc.)

For 1987, hatchback versions of the Sport were dropped, this GT-S coupe and base SR5 coupe. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.) 1986 and 1987 notchback coupes no longer trunk spoilers. 1987 GT-S coupe shown. view of a 1987 Corolla coupe. (Photo credit: Motor of North America,

1984 – 1985 Corolla featured a completely black on the front bumper, grille, and edges. 1985 Corolla SR5 shown. (Photo credit: E. For 1986 – 1987, the trim underneath the front grille and was painted body color of being left black on SR5 1987 Corolla SR5 notchback shown. (Photo credit: H. 1984 and 1985 Corolla coupes had tail lights looked like this. GT-S notchback coupe (Photo credit: S. Garcia)

For 1986 – 1987 SR5 and GTS notchback featured these revised lights. Center high brake light assemblies added in 1986 per U.S. regulations. 1987 Corolla SR5 coupe shown. (Photo H. Dlugatch) Unlike SR5s, GT-S models featured bumper covers front and 1985 GT-S hatchback Front end revisions on GT-S included a revised front cover. Front grilles enlarged to extend underneath headlights and were painted color on top. Toyota moved from the center of the to the driver’s side. (Photo C. Pressler)

A view of the 1984 – style tail light on SR5 and GT-S coupes. 1985 GT-S hatchback shown. credit: D. Walsh) For 1986, SR5 and GT-S hatchbacks received new light assemblies. The Toyota was moved from above the license plate to the passenger of the tailgate. 1986 Corolla SR5 shown with non-original (Photo credit: A. Vona) All Corolla Sport models available with an optional as shown in this 1984 picture. (Photo credit: Motor of North America,

The rear wiper arm equipped on – 1986 U.S. Corolla hatchback models. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.) The Corolla SR5 instrument as shown in the U.S. model brochure. (Photo credit: Motor of North America, Pop-up headlights were in the the 1980s, and all U.S. 1984-87 coupes were equipped them. U.S. market Corolla Sport SR5 shown.

A 4-speed automatic overdrive was optional on Corolla Sport SR5 during 1984 – 1987. shift levers looked this for 1984 and ’85. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.) For 1986 – 4-speed automatic gearshift were redesigned and looked this one. The 1.6-liter engine that powered all Sport and sedan models 1984 – 1987. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.)

Base radio on SR5 models was an AM/FM stereo as shown in the 1984 brochure. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.) The AM/FM cassette radio optional on standard on GT-S models. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.) Cruise and intermittent wipers were on all models. Controls were on a stalk protruding from the side of the steering column, as 1984 brochure picture (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.)

by the cult popularity of the 1984 – Corolla Sport, Toyota is to market the new-for-2013 Scion The “86″ is named for the Corolla original “AE86″ platform (Photo credit: Sean The 4-door sedan version of the Corolla. While both and Sport coupes used the 1.6-liter engine, the sedan was to a front-wheel-drive platform. U.S. 1984 Corolla LE sedan (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.) for reference is the previous generation Corolla SR5 notchback coupe. All of this prior style and coupes) were rear-wheel-drive.

The generation Corolla SR5 hatchback of – 1983. ’83 model shown. The generation 1988 – 1991 Sport coupes switched to Shown: 1988 Corolla (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.) The generation (1988 – 1991) of GT-S coupes were front-wheel-drive. (Photo credit: Motor of North America,

The GT-S version of the Corolla from 1985-87 featured engineering such as a cylinder with dual overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder, injection, 4 wheel disc and more. 1986 GT-S shown.

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