Well I don't know about the "Great" part, I thought it was just my mother that called me that.
Ya I kinda had a lot of the same discussions when I first grabbed my TE51.
Its just what car manufactures and dealers were offering towards the end of the 70's.It was the style at the time.
I pasted some examples below to CLICK ON!
The VIN on our yotas will not show any other info other than production build options and model.
The "Griffith Celica Sunchasers" have some added I.D. plates on them but these are from the company that did the conversions and nothing to do with Toyota other than a licensing agreement.
So there is really no big mystery with our cars.Just the info on the accessories and when and where and how it was all offered?
With your car it would be great to track down the rest of the items offered for the "Sunchaser" package and complete it.
But first maybe locate a 76-77 SR5 TE-51 and swap all that stuff.You must get a early TE51 as the dashes are completly different after about late 1977.
Early TE51 like yours has a 1 piece dash with a 2 piece dash face.
Later TE51 has 2 piece dash and 1 piece dash face.
You could get either a Liftback or Sport Coupe to do this swap as your are just interested in the interior and
if you want the grill also the SR5 has its own mesh pattern.I added the lights in my grill but it is not a SR5 grill.
I will check my dealer window sticker for the cost at the time to add the "Sunchaser" package and what was all included.
We will be watching the transformation of your unique Corolla.
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