A few months ago I made the claim — publicly and on video — that there were fewer stock AE86s left than Enzo Ferraris. So naturally the gods are going to make me eat my words by bringing every known example out of the woodwork. Be that as it may, about 800 of you sent in today’s Kidney Car, one of the cleanest Corolla GT-S hatchbacks we’ve seen, ever.
Resplendent in 3E6 Red, the most common complexion of the GT-S, this particular example is a rare kouki 3-door liftback. Don’t ask why, but the majority of well-perserved liftbacks seem to be zenki models. Though the liftbacks are heavier than the 2-door notchback coupes, they remain more desirable due to their resemblance to the hero car of the famed Initial D series. As such, the body style is privy to a hefty Takumi tax.
This model, serial number 0244251, is desirably optioned, with no sunroof, no power windows, no rear spoiler, no unnecessary accoutrements whatsoever. What it does, have, however, is the all-important limited-slip differential, a drifter’s best friend. And here’s the kicker — the “Only LSD Oil” sticker still sits above the fill hole, completely in tact.
Not that you’ll be doing any drifting in this gem. It’s too pristine to gut, cage, or slam. Even trouble areas common to SoCal’s surface-of-the-sun summers, such as a cracked dash and/or rear seat headrests that baked under the expansive glass hatch, remain in tact. The car appears to be a California lifer too, what with the CA sunset plates and all.
With just a hair under 90,000 on the clock, the Hachiroku is only on its third owner in nearly 30 years. Of course, for a car its age that’s been driven there’s bound to be some damage, and the seller does a pretty good job of disclosing all the dings. If that kind of doesn’t give you the impression they’re a thorough curator, then there’s also the crisp-looking tool kit, seemingly never-used spare wheel with Made-in-Japan Bridgestone, and extra set of “GT-S Twin Cam 16” door decals. At the time of this writing, the price is up to $9,700 with 15 bids, a fair price for a rare car with historic importance. See the full auction here on eBay.