9. AE86 Toyota Corolla
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.