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 cluster illumination from green to white, and vertical lines were to the cluster background surface.  also changed to white and redesigned markings.  The dashboard lettering was now in black instead of offset in white.

Climate panel buttons changed to an design with a more feel to switch surfaces.  on the dash for rear defogger, etc. now lit up when headlights on.

All models featured an improved master cylinder designed to squealing.

A vacuum pump was to the cruise control system for operation.

Other mechanical included a slightly smaller rack for weight reduction, fuel tank baffling to fuel pump starvation corners, and a new improved diagnostic port.

Interior color on SR5s were black, and blue. GT-Ss were in black and blue.

Three “Liftback” models were leaving SR5 and GT-S coupes for the ’87 model year.  Otherwise, were virtually a direct from the previous year several small interior

The “Sport Interior” package was made optional on SR5s as it had for 1984. Most SR5s equipped with it.  The was standard on GT-S models.

The material that was switched to the previous year was changed to tweed type from Headrests changed to cloth from vinyl on SR5s and without “Sport Interior”.

connectors changed to new Toyota plugs used on almost all until 2000.

Interior choices on SR5s were maroon, and blue.  GT-Ss available in black and blue.

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edition “Black Limited” were produced to commemorate the production run of rear-wheel-drive ’87 Corollas being replaced by the next 1988-92 front-wheel-drive AE92 coupe.


Although Corolla coupes sold in large numbers, in northern “rust-belt” states not survived the winter salt well and have gone to graves.  Many clean, good examples can still be in southern and western warm states.  Be careful when at GT-S models particularly – of them have been by owners with varying of mechanical skill, and have driven hard by fans of (prolonged burn-outs which clutches, drive lines, and engine internals).


The appeal of the 1984-87 Corolla Sport coupe remains so strong among drivers of different generations Toyota product planners inspired to create a spiritual One that combines rear-wheel-drive car handling with simplicity and low as the original did.

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 engine powering both will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with cylinders laid out in flat, horizontally opposed fashion.  Direct fuel enables the new powerplant to create 200 without the use of a turbocharger or supercharger. manual and 6-speed automatic will be available.

In the United Toyota will sell its (to be called FT-S) under its brand – in all other markets, it be simply badged a Toyota.  version has been dubbed the Unlike all current Subarus feature standard all-wheel-drive, the BRZ is to remain the company’s only offering.

I’ll take in black, please.



The Sport Coupe was introduced for year 1984 as a two-door coupe (shown) and three-door Both versions were in SR5 trim only for 1984. U.S. market advertisement the three-door liftback version of the Corolla Sport SR5. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.) 1984 COROLLA SR5 notchback coupe

alloy wheels of this were available on base SR5 models from 1984 – (Photo credit: Toyota of North America, Inc.) A market 1984 Corolla SR5 three-door liftback. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.)

This U.S. advertisement introduces the new GT-S of the Corolla Sport for 1985, in coupe and liftback form. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.) A 1985 Sport GT-S notchback

Left front view of the Corolla Sport GT-S coupe. (Photo credit: Motor of North America, A 1985 Corolla Sport notchback coupe. Side of the hatchback version of the new-for-1985 GT-S. (Photo credit: Motor of North America,

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

14-inch aluminum wheels redesigned as shown here for 1986 SR5 coupe shown. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.) 1986 SR5 hatchback with the 14-inch accessory wheels. (Photo Toyota Motor of North Inc.) This view of a SR5 hatchback shows the base bumpers that were and 13-inch standard steel (Photo credit: Toyota of North America Inc.)

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

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

1984 – Corolla SR5s featured a black look on the front grille, and headlight edges. Corolla SR5 hatchback shown. credit: E. McMaster) For 1986 – the trim piece underneath the grille and headlights was painted color instead of being black on SR5 models. 1987 SR5 notchback coupe shown. credit: H. Dlugatch) 1984 and Corolla notchback coupes had lights that looked this. 1985 GT-S coupe shown. (Photo S. Garcia)

For comparison, 1986 – SR5 and GTS notchback coupes featured revised tail lights. high mounted brake assemblies were added in per U.S. federal regulations. Corolla SR5 notchback coupe (Photo credit: H. Dlugatch) SR5s, Corolla GT-S featured painted bumper front and rear. 1985 hatchback shown. Front end on GT-S Corollas included a front bumper cover. grilles were enlarged to underneath front headlights and painted body color on Toyota emblems moved the center of the grille to the driver’s (Photo credit: C. Pressler)

A of the 1984 – 1985 style light assembly on SR5 and GT-S 1985 Corolla GT-S shown. (Photo credit: D. For 1986, both SR5 and GT-S received new tail light The Toyota logo was moved above the center license to the passenger side of the tailgate. Corolla SR5 hatchback shown non-original wheels. (Photo A. Vona) All 1984-87 Corolla models were available an optional sunroof, as shown in 1984 brochure picture. credit: Toyota Motor of America, Inc.)

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