Volvo Knockoff: 1979 Toyota Corolla Liftback Survivor – SOLD!

Dec 2019 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

February 6, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

As we mentioned earlier this month during a feature of an ’84 AE-86, while today’s Toyota Corolla is widely known today as a virtually indestructible front-wheel-drive economy car, in the 1970s the sub-brand offered a number of rear-wheel-drive variants like this 1979 Two-Door E50 Liftback once listed in December 2019 on Craigslist in Spotswood, New Jersey where the second owner has his 61K original mile survivor offered for $7,000.  With the NADA Classic Car Online Valuation Tool showing a high retail value of $1,825 we predict the seller will likely need to reduce his price quite a bit before this Liftback leaves his driveway.

Toyota launched the third generation rear-wheel-drive Corolla E50 August 1974 and continued its production through July 1981.  A combination of a worldwide recession and a second U.S. fuel crisis helped Toyota achieve its greatest growth during this period.  During this period Toyota was still noted for trying to copy other car maker’s styling cues.  So while the Celica of the period looked a Toyota Mustang, the Corolla Liftback’s styling was clearly influenced by Volvo’s P1800ES.  Don’t believe us?  Pull up pictures of both cars and you’ll have to agree the similarities in both the front and rear designs are eerily similar.

With only two owners and 61K original miles, this is a great survivor for a Toyota enthusiast to use as the basis for their next build. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“I bought this 79 Corolla liftback from the original female owner with just 60k miles. This is a true survivor unmolested 100% original car. Never veen painted or modified except for what I’ve done to her wheels new 215/50/13 tires wood steering wheel baby bravo mirrors ext. 61000 original miles runs drives like new. This car is 95% mint only 2 negatives 1 is its starting to get some very minor rust bubbles bottom of both fenders like most toyotas of this generation and some minor TLC to drivers seat other than that she is excellent all the gaskets chrome and trim are in great shape has ice cold ac still r12 I also have new installed anza exhaust kit with twin chrome tailpipes “not pictured” installed factory Toyota tach and brand new front brake pads/rotors and calipers. I’m asking $7000 or best CASH offer willing to trade for a tacoma c10 c1500 s10 s15 Sonoma cause need a truck more than the car. NO LONG BEDS may consider old vw cars mk1 mk2 mk3 bug ect. Serious inquiries only no negative comments or remarks NO email or text offers WILl ONLY discuss price in PERSON AFTER you’ve come to see the car..”

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