Not Your Mom’s Corolla

Not Your Mom’s Corolla

1972 Toyota Corolla: Car of the Day by Carchasers

Most cars showing up at most vintage races tend to fit a few small categories. Certainly, there are plenty of formula cars and sports racers, but for production-based racers, the majority tend to be pony cars, Porsches, or British roadsters.

Time to be different. Early-Seventies small sedans tend to be represented by Datsun, BMW, and Alfa Romeo – with the occasional Volvo showing up. Toyotas are rarely seen. This 1972 Corolla has been a racer since new, with plenty of on-track success in period. It has been perfectly restored, and seems to be ready to hit the track. We love the big Weber 48’s under the hood, and the fat eight-inch-wide ARE racing wheels under the subtle flares.

Japanese performance cars are hot right now, and cars with a genuine race history are quite rare. This is on race-cars.com in California for $90k, a steep figure certainly, but it’s ready to win anywhere.1972 Toyota Corolla period photo 1972 Toyota Corolla engine

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