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1977 Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback

Asian, Classics  /   /  By Tony Piff

Somewhere between the sporting British “shooting brake” and today’s modern hatchback is the “Liftback,” most fully realized as a distinct bodystyle in the two-door Corollas of the late 1970s. These mini-wagons were once common but are rarely seen today.

This ’77 looks stock in its dated orange paint, factory stripes and “SR5” hood logo (said to be the original factory finishes).  Despite the car’s sporty appearance and 5-speed, it was reportedly owned all its life by “an older lady” who only drove it “to the store and church,” for a total mileage of 55k, which if true, helps explain the incredibly well preserved condition.

The seller notes that the driver’s seat is worn but does not include pictures. But the list of recent mechanical freshening inspires confidence — it shouldn’t need much. Either way, it’s best to ask a lot of questions before bidding.

A total of nearly 400 1974-1981 Toyota Corollas have sold on eBay Motors in the past several years, with average prices ranging from $1,900 to $4,200, depending on options and condition. See this car’s listing here, with reserve already met.

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  1. steve coan March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm Reply

    These cars are practically extinct today due to the poor quality steel that was used on all pre-1980’s Toyotas. They would rust to the point of being unsafe in only a few years. These cars were also very dangerous in a crash compared to other cars of this vintage.

  2. Jordan Blunt August 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm Reply

    I owned a 1977 dark green SR5 Corolla lift-back that I purchased used a year later. It was a big change from trading in my Triumph Spitfire.
    I actually thought the car was fantastic for what it was.
    It was my first Japanese car (after owning English and German cars) but I needed something practical that wasn’t fussy and great on lasted for years without a dent or rust or even any minor or major problems.
    They only negative thing that I can remember was that annoying Toyota tick. I began to notice that on most Toyota’s and could tell if there was one near. My girl-friend’s 1973 Celica did the same. It was a constant series of tick,tick,tick. I just thought it was noisy valves and had it checked but it turned out fine. For an $800. car at the time it was a good deal for me.
    But I never owned another. Went straight to a series of VW’s to an Audi TT. Would never return to Toyota or own the sheeple Prius. Not that cool or trendy.

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