Monday, March 23, 2015

10k: 13B Turbo Powered: 1979 Toyota Corolla

Another day, another Toyota Corolla...?  In truth the liftback Corolla from yesterday was featured because it was cheap and original, but this next one is anything but.  It features a turbocharged 485 horsepower Mazda 13B rotary engine and some seriously wide wheels out back in what is certainly not a grandpa car.  Find this 1979 Toyota Corolla with 13B rotary power here on eBay currently bidding for $10,100 with 1 day to go, located in Cohutta, GA.


This 3rd generation Corolla is known as the TE31 which designates it as a 2-door sedan based on its VIN tag, but Toyota also sold a hardtop coupe (TE37) and sports coupe (TE51) at the same time.  The little economy car was available in the US market with a 1.6 liter 2T or 1.2 liter 3K inline-4, both engines pushing out sub 75 horsepower figures....but that isn't a concern today.



This Corolla has been given a heart transplant in the form of a Mazda 13B rotary engine fed via a massive turbocharged with a compressor inlet large enough to ingest wrenches, volley balls, squirrels and anything else you might find around your workshop not fastened securely in place. A Garrett GT45 is something you'd expect to find on a class 8 truck or some giant piece of earth moving equipment, not a rotary engine with a displacement equivalent to your kitchen measuring cup.  You will need to revv this engine to the stratosphere before it builds boost and then expect all hell to break loose.  Zoom zooOOOOOOOOM.


On the inside you will find a roll cage (in case you ever need to bash your head against something hard, this comes in really handy), a decent condition set of interior, and a baby seat.  Best.  Parent.  Ever.


See another car to school the kids while you take the kids to school? tips@dailyturismo.com

18 comments:

  1. 485. 4 8 5. I had to read that three times before I could understand what you were saying.

    ReplyDelete
  2. DT, about your reference as a "Grandpa" car, I think you need to revise it, in case you have not noticed, today's grandpa's drive Porsches and other very fast cars. They can afford them and do drive them...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "It's not your grandpa's grandpa car."

      Delete
    2. Right you are anon -- the occupy movement complain about the 1%ers, businessmen, investors, but they should really be pitching tent's in their grandparent's front yards.
      I guess when I think grandparent I am reflecting on my own turn of the century born and depression era raised grandparents who drove crappy 80s econoboxes when they were alive because they were afraid they might be sitting in a line for food or resoling shoes with cardboard. Fast forward 30 years and the baby boomers who are retired (and grandparents) today drive Aston Martins and have six-pack abs, healthy pensions, appreciated houses, and big bank accounts.

      Delete
    3. My Grandpa had this exact bodystyle and color back in the 70's. He was a successful businessman and didn't care that his town also was home to a Chevy plant. He was sick of the Chevy's he'd been faithfully buying every three years for my grandmother (he'd always buy the nicest body with the smallest engine option). He wanted a reliable and economical car and so he bought three Corollas, one for my mother, one for my uncle, and one for himself. It was like a giant middle finger to his neighbors. He kept that car until it finally rusted into the ground 10-15 years later.

      Delete
  3. I would like to shake the sellers hand for the clear pics and for vacuuming the interior before taking them. It's almost as if he actually WANTS to sell the car. Amazing.

    The 485 hp helps a bit too. And I can appreciate the child seat with matching corduroy. Would it be a punishment or a reward to take the kiddo out in this thing?

    ReplyDelete
  4. My '77 Corona had the same three horn buttons on the steering wheel. I was always honking when I didn't mean to.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  8. That turbo is enormous! Honestly, it's about the same size as the one mounted on my Kenworth T660's fifteen liter Cummins ISX engine. Also, why no strut tower brace? Beautiful build though.

    ReplyDelete
  9. So much work and it's still brown, a color that is the mustache of cars.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree. Any shade of brown is...just awful. Here are two cars that might possibly be as close as I'd want to go to get to brown;

      1970 Porsche 911E

      1942 Ford GPW

      Delete
    2. I must add, I have owned a brown car. I loved that car, but I hated the color.

      Delete
    3. I can't believe not a single DTer made a comment about the 911E. You guys are missing out on the greatest ad copy of any car for sale ever! Stay curious folks or you're gonna miss out!

      Delete
    4. PRON! Let's say, just for argument's sake, that this is a $100,000 car. That's got to be the best $75,000 ever spent hiring a writer to come up with ad copy.

      Delete
    5. Ah, what a disappointment.

      Delete

Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.