The Toyota Corolla was first imported to the US in 1968 and in 1997 Corolla became the best selling nameplate in the world after selling its 35 millionth car. Today we’re taking a look at the 4th generation Corolla, the last generation to have all RWD models. This post was inspired by Chris Peterson’s restored 1982 2 door coupe shown above. These cars are incredibly rare these days so seeing one still on the road in such good condition is extraordinary. Chris has done a nice job with his Corolla and has created a great example of a classic Japanese car.
The fourth generation Corolla was produced from 1979 – 1984. It came with 9 different engines world wide in 7 different models. From a 2 door coupe pictured above to a 5 door van, the Corolla lineup proved to be versatile. Over the short production run, the E70 received 2 front end changes that involved reworking the headlights from 4 round, to 2 rectangular lights and then finally to wrap around headlights in 1982. The 1982 model also got re styled tail lights and new bumpers.
The thing I personally like about this generation of the Corolla is the split rear quarter windows. It’s a unique thing to see on a car and it’s one thing that really stood out to me when I saw Chris’s car. I had never seen windows like that on a Corolla before and was eager to find more info on the car. Upon doing some homework I realized that not many of these cars still exist with split quarter windows making Chris’s Corolla a truly unique restoration.
Check out the gallery below for some other great examples of 4th generation Corollas. This is the first of many Classic import show cases we plan on doing. If you own or know some one that owns a classic foreign car let us know and we’ll feature it on our site. Thanks!