I can still vividly remember seeing the original Corolla GT Coupe in British Touring Car Racing. 30 years ago, I was standing at Donington Park, the exit of the hairpin onto the start / finish straight. Each lap, the Corolla exited the hairpin with a touch of oversteer, the high revving 4A engine screaming.
Just as spectacular across the chicane after passing under the Dunlop Bridge, Chris’ flamboyant style using the agility of the car across all of the kerbs. By the end of the race, my right ear was ringing from repeated doses of 4 cylinder noise as he passed on each lap.
Nobody knows what became of the original car. It was allegedly sold overseas, but there the trail goes cold. With the global appetite for the Corolla GT Coupe as a drift car, we can imagine where it ended it’s days.
So this recreation of the car by Toyota GB brings back fond memories. It may well not be the real thing, but it looks accurate in every detail from my eyes.
The Corolla GT Coupe is the car that introduced me to the concepts of the limited slip differential and oversteer. I owe this car a debt of gratitude that I both survived my initial encounters and went on to enjoy many happy hours behind the wheel of the GT Coupe back in the day.
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