Now, on to one of my favorite Toyotas--the Corolla Sprinter. There is something that is so sexy about its shape, demeanor, and compact size. To be quite honest it is this model that can distract me from my devotion to Mitsubishis. For a little history lesson, this model Corolla was piloted to victory by Hannu Mikkola in the 1975 1,000 Lakes Rally. I didn't Google that: I have a vintage poster (that I 'borrowed' from my older brother) commemorating that victory hanging in my bedroom. Maybe I'll post a photo of that in a future post. Back to the Cartistics Sprinters. Name: NANI RAMOS Car: 1974 Toyota Corolla Sprinter Restoration tip: "Take your time. Don't dive into it. Think of what you want. When I went into this I thought of what I liked. You should have an idea of what you want." Why old-school? "You see new cars that are set up, with all of the trimmings. But it is very rare to see old cars that are restored and brought to life. Mind you, these cars aren't museum pieces that you buy and store in the garage. We use these cars every weekend. They aren't built for show, but built for the road." Under the hood is a modified engine. "Same as the Celica. It is a GT-based engine with a 2T head with a stroker kit, so basically it's 1800cc. Lightened flywheel, so basically the works 'yung engine," says Nani. Twin-sides are de-riguer of course. Nani has been with this lovely Sprinter for two years, and he got it as a bare shell. A spare car was needed to put this car together, as is usually done when going all-out for a restoration. The hardest thing was sourcing the parts. Nani had to resort to ordering what was missing from abroad. The shoes are 13-inch Hayashi Streets. These are handsome Japanese rims that are very popular (and rare in this country of ours). This is why this body type is nicknamed "mango." Notice how the rear has the lines of one of our favorite fruits? Four-door Sprinters are called "peanuts" because of the shorter bootlids. In true Cartistics fashion, everything is complete and intact. Nothing is missing, and there are a few period-correct accessories that set the cabin off. That's a working Pioneer KP-5 head-unit. Pretty neat! Audiophiles from back in the day will recognize this stereo. No doubt! More to come so stay tuned!
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