Toyota Corolla (4th Generation)

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Toyota Corolla (4th generation)

1979 - 1983
Country:
Japan
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
1.6 & 1.8 liter
Power:
75 bhp
Transmission:
3 spd. auto / 4 & 5 spd. man
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
n/a
Toyota Corolla
With a new chassis, the 1979 Corolla was a more sophisticated and satisfying car than any Corolla before it - but before this generation was through, it would get even better!

The 1979 Corolla finally dispensed with the rugged but primitive leaf spring rear suspension in favor of a more compliant coil spring system (the station wagon continued to use the leaves).

The new unibody above that suspension was larger (the wheelbase was now 94.5 inches), stronger and more attractive in a boxy, clean-cut sort of way. A new 75-horsepower, 1.8-liter version of the OHV four powered the new Corolla with four- and five-speed manual and three-speed automatic transmissions available.

Particularly attractive during this generation was the SR5 in Sport Coupe, Hatchback and Liftback versions. With their effective use of detailing, they looked more expensive than they actually were.

The big Corolla news for 1983 was a new 1.6-liter overhead cam engine that was both smoother and more powerful than the previous 1.8.

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