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July 28, 2021

This Lady-Owned 1987 Corolla AE86 Sold For P 3.23M

A 1987 AE86 Toyota Corolla GT originally bought to cheer the owner up after separating from her partner has achieved a record price of £46,250 (P 3.23 million). This beat the US record price of USD 40,000 (P 2.015million) achieved in March of this year.

This time-warp survivor, complete with period Nokia phone cradle, Toyota mudflaps, and dealer-badged registration plates underlines the continuing demand for original, usable modern classics from the 1980s and 90s.

Originally costing the lady owner £12,500 (P 874,000) in 1987, the now 92,000-mile (148,059 kilometers) GT was ordered without any factory fit extras, but the generous standard specification meant the owner enjoyed the sunroof, radio-cassette player, and alloy wheels. Carefully serviced every year (at a Toyota dealer for the first nine times of its life), it was loved by its first and only owner. So much so, that even when vandals ‘keyed’ the paint in 2006 and it was deemed uneconomic to repair, the car was bought back from the insurers and repaired to an ‘as new’ standard. She simply couldn’t contemplate her beloved car being unjustly sent to the crusher.

Reluctantly selling the car after 34 years, the owner, who kept all the paperwork and even the brochure she was given to choose the Wine Red color, only decided to sell the car after a recent injury made the non-power steering car less than ideal as a daily driver.

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