The march of AE86s coming out of the woodwork continues. Now what could very well be the lowest-mileage Toyota Corolla GT-S left in the world has surfaced in Waxhaw, North Carolina. With just 14,500 miles on the clock, this USDM version of the famed AE86 could very well be the holy grail for the right Hachiroku fiend.
So how did the most sought-after drift missile in the world survive three decades without being turned in to a Formula D casualty? According to the seller, it spent most of the last 30 years in a California dealership. It was never registered until the current owner brought it to North Carolina.
However, before it was registered, it spent some time as a track car. There’s a host of TRD suspension parts and a Magnaflow exhaust currently on the car. Sadly, it once had a roll cage too, and thus left some holes (though no mounting plates were welded to the floor).
As a 1987 model, it was one of the very last Corolla GT-S liftbacks built. In fact, only the 2-door coupe was supposed to be available that year (the liftback never shows up in the official brochure), so this was likely a leftover from 1986, though it has a 1987 VIN attached to it.
There are a few things that would need to be rectified to get this car back to stock. As a kouki model, it should not have a spoiler. The bumpers should be red to match the car, and the rear is from a JDM car. It also needs a host of OEM decals (the white ones on the car look close, but are not OEM).
None of these should pose a problem for the dedicated restorer. Even the holes in the body created by the spoiler and the roll cage can be easily patched up by a metal specialist for a few hundred bucks. What’s important is that the AE86’s notoriously brittle interior plastics all appear to be in tact on this car. Those are the most difficult parts to find these days.
If it were up to us we’d do that, fix the paint while retaining as much of the original 3E6 red as possible, and source an OEM exhaust and snowflake wheels. We’d keep the TRD bits — which include shocks and springs, camber top-mounts, adjustable lateral bar, front and rear sway bars, and a strut tower brace — as they are period correct performance parts, but acquire the original suspension components for backup.
With the AE86’s reputation as the godfather of drifting and the Japanese General Lee, there’s a whole generation of fans who hold this car in the highest of regard. Plus, it has the rarity of being one of the few 1987 liftbacks and there’s that sweet ‘n’ low odometer reading to boot. At a $19,000 BuyItNow, this is one of those cars that we wouldn’t be surprised to see crossing the block at Monterey a few years from now. See the auction on eBay.
Thanks to Abraham D. for the tip.