1982 Toyota Corolla

Spotted in the western suburbs of Melbourne - this pristine condition, Australian-built 1982 Corolla sedan. Unfortunately, this is an "in car" shot, as I was in a rush to be somewhere at the time and didn't get a chance to take more photos. It truly is hard to believe the condition of this 35-year-old car - it looks almost new. The plate, however, is not original, but a replacement (it seems that Victoria is no longer re-issuing the A-series plates in the original green on white colours). Unlike the 1985 onwards front-wheel-drive Corollas, which are still fairly common, these pre-85 rear-wheel-drive models are almost never seen on the roads anymore. All 1982 model sedans were fitted with 1.3 litre engines. Interestingly, at this time, Corollas were only available as a sedan or wagon in Australia. The first hatchback Corolla wouldn't go on sale until 1985. Corollas were built in Australia for over 30 years - from 1967 until 1999.

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