You Need This: Mostly original, U.S.-market AE86

By Colin Wood
Oct 19, 2023 | Toyota, Corolla, AE86, Cars For Sale, Corolla GT-S

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Finding a clean example of the AE86 Toyota Corolla is tough nowadays, but decent ones can still be found–and you don’t even have to import one from Japan.

Showing only a little over 52,328 miles since new, this 1986 Corolla GT-S Sport is billed as being highly original aside from an aftermarket exhaust and those 14-inch American Racing wheels.

A set of keys, a repair manual, an electrical wiring diagram book, spare parts, a vinyl nose cover and a full car cover are also included in the sale.

Located in Beaumont, Texas, this 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S Sport can be yours for $35,999.

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DavyZ New Reader
10/19/23 1:36 p.m.

I like these Toyotas as much as the next guy, but for that money I can think of a few alternatives that are faster and handle better...OK, the gas mileage won't be as good, but who cares, right?

darkbuddha HalfDork
10/19/23 1:42 p.m.

So clean, and low mileage, but $36k?!?!!! And it's not even a hatch. I suppose this explains why there are now AE86 kit cars.

4cylndrfury MegaDork
10/19/23 2:28 p.m.

I do love me some Hachi willing to jeopardize my marriage love it.

But I feel like its probably possible to actually import one just as clean from its homeland for cheaper...

Tom1200 PowerDork
10/19/23 3:51 p.m.

I worked at a Toyota dealership when these were brand new; they are fun to drive but for 36K you can get a used Cayman..............that's how the math works in my brain.

For the cognoscenti this is probably worth every penny.

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UberDork
10/19/23 4:06 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

Or, you know, a brand new GR86.

bludroptop UltraDork
10/19/23 4:35 p.m.

A blue hair old lady in my neighborhood drives one that - other than needing a good polish - looks nearly new...

Garage kept, driven to church on Sunday.  She shoos off anyone who approaches her about it. "Not for sale - leave me alone!"

te72 HalfDork
10/20/23 10:43 a.m.

In reply to bludroptop :

It will be someday... =P


Kidding aside, sounds like the 79 year old woman I bought my MR2 from. Same 3E5 paint that's on this AE86 even. Would make a nice partner for the MR2, but I certainly don't have 36k sitting in the piggy bank.


Love these cars myself, but that's new ND money too.

z31maniac MegaDork
10/20/23 11:31 a.m.
BlueInGreen - Jon said:

In reply to Tom1200 :

Or, you know, a brand new GR86.

And have money leftover. 

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