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 |  Aug 04 2014, 9:02 AM

9. AE86 Toyota Corolla

 

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Here’s a code that has been brought back into the spotlight thanks to the recent Scion FR-S, Toyota GT-86 and Subaru BRZ. Considered the spiritual predecessor to these new cars, the AE86 was a lightweight, rear-wheel drive coupe version of the Corolla that was made between 1983 and 1987.

The AE86 wasn’t a fast car, but its nimble, agile nature made it fun to drive and easy to control during oversteer. Often seen in drifting events, the AE86 was further popularized thanks to its part in a Japanese animated show called Initial D. The Panda-themed Corolla in the show is known as the Hachi-Roku, Japanese for “eight-six.”

The philosophy of having a lightweight, low powered but highly-engaging car was the driving force behind the new Scion, Toyota, Subaru sports car. The new cars from Scion and Toyota pay homage to the AE86 with “86″ badges on their front fenders.

 

  • augie

    this is a fun, car-geeky list. i owned an e46 3-series, but strangely feel the e30 m3 is still bmw’s most iconic car. i think the audi b5 a4 was a great classic design and perhaps their first real mass market success.

    and am i the only person who thinks the car companies could be a little more creative in picking chassis codes that aren’t so close to the model names themselves, so as to not utterly confuse us all? how about porsche’s new 2023 911, chassis code: chameleon?

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com P.F. Bruns

    There’s also the P71 Panther Police Interceptor package for the Ford Crown Victoria, a mainstay of police forces (and of course, reconditioned as a mainstay of taxi and limo fleets) throughout most of the U.S.

  • sawyer

    It’s a little hard to read this list and not see the term “E30″ pop up.

  • Jamal

    Agreed. E30 is THE BMW chassis code. Forget E46.

  • Killa

    I’ve always been an R32 GT-R fan.

  • Rickers

    Really? That car is an overrated POS.

  • Goldo1802

    Where is the MkIV Supra? -_-