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1991 Toyota Corolla GTi 16V

Guide Price: £8,000 - £10,000


﹒Low mileage 
﹒Clean original car
﹒Great history

The Background

The Toyota Corolla has been a household name since its production commenced in 1966. Through 12 Generations of evolution the Corolla has become one of the best selling vehicles in Toyotas line ups and has even dipped into the world of motorsport.

As small hatchbacks go its one of the most popular in the world and has sold in vast numbers in a number of variations.

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The History

The Corolla you see before you is a clean unmarked example with rare electric sunroof. It wears an Interesting private plate bearing the initials of the original owner (H15 BFC) a lady owner from Berkshire. She owned the vehicle from March 1991- January 2013. 

The car saw very little use between 2005 and 2013 when it was then sold with just over 40300 miles on the clock to the servicing dealer in January 2013. 

It was then acquired by the present owner in December 2014 with just 41500 miles on the odometer.

There are 20 service stamps present, complete with receipts for both main dealer and specialist services throughout the cars life.

Since 2014 under present owner the following work has been carried out by an official Toyota dealer.

2014 - 2015: 
Toyota timing belt fitted @41523 miles; 
Toyota air filter + fuel filter + spark plugs replaced @ 41730 miles;
L+R front ball joints were replaced @ 41959 miles; 
The Front shock absorbers and springs were replaced @ 42080 miles; 
With the rear shock absorbers being replaced @ 42110 miles; 

L+R rear anti-roll stabilisers fitted @42845 miles; 

A new front windscreen was sourced from Denmark and fitted by National Windscreens vintage car specialist fitter @ 42938 miles. 
A new Toyota battery fitted in October 2020 @ 42930 miles

In addition:
Oil and (Toyota) filter change carried out annually at anniversary of MOT by owner or official Toyota dealer.

The car is reluctantly up for sale to enable the owner to slim down his collection of Toyotas currently owned from 4 to 3.

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The Paperwork

All of the original Toyota documentation is present including the original owners wallet. The car comes with a file of paperwork and receipts to back up its history, low miles and ownership.

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The Interior

The car has spent most of it’s life with a single occupant owner therefore its only really the drivers seat that’s been used. All of the upholstery, carpets and door panels are clean and unmarked. As is the dashboard, boot carpet and parcel shelf. The front has electric windows and the central locking is also fully operational.

The spare wheel well remains as new with full original Toyota tool kit, jack and jacking handle fitted.

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The Exterior 

Again, consistent with the cars low mileage and good history the paintwork is in fantastic condition with no visible damage to any panels. The fully electric sun roof is operational as is the adjustable electric mirrors. Five as new original Toyota alloy wheels with no damage or scuffs present. 

The Mechanics 

The car goes as well as it looks, this is tantamount to the regular servicing schedule that has been maintained through out the cars life.

The very clean presentable engine bay features the most powerful of Toyota’s 16-valve 4A-GE engines, commonly known as the "red top" (due to the red writing), which produces 94 kW (126 hp; 128 PS) at 6,600 rpm. There are no oil or fluid leaks and the underside of the car is also very clean and straight.

In this last incarnation of the GTi, Toyota’s engineers worked their magic in the 16V small port design to produce an engine that is quite happy to propel the car in 5th gear at a smoothly sedate 25 MPH through the traffic, with plenty of torque available to accelerate out of a 30 MPH zone on the open road without having to change down a gear. In this sense, the car behaves like a typically well-mannered ‘domestic moggie’ on a jaunt round the block.

However, dropping down 2 gears into 3rd and flooring the accelerator stirs a completely different feline into action, with the engine emitting the GTi’s distinctive trademark banshee-like howl as it winds up to its rev-limited maximum of 7,500 rpm through the gears, on the way to a more than illegal maximum top speed in 5th gear – all delivered without a flick of a whisker or a twitch of the tail, thanks to the precise feel of the power-assisted steering and the stopping power of disc brakes all round.

Truly a split, but satisfying personality that belies the looks of a car that ain’t no pussycat!

The Appeal

Whilst the Toyota Corolla has been a popular car for generations and as such demand has meant it has been made in pretty vast numbers, they have also been popular with youngsters and in hot hatch mode like this one popular with those that like to throw them around a bit.

This then makes this very clean example the one you would want to own, the clean low mile, low owner collectible hot hatch amongst a sea of bland grocery getters. 

Being 30 years old now its bordering on the cusp of classic/cult status and would be sensible buy if your into small hot hatch offerings from the land of the rising sun.

** The photos in this listing have been provided to us by the seller **

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1991
  • Make Toyota
  • Model Corolla GTi 16V
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 42,956 Miles
  • Engine size 1587
  • Location Somerset
Bidding history
42 bids
  • Derekco•••• £15,250 09/04/21
  • Mark197•••• £15,000 08/04/21
  • DERMOTC•••• £14,750 08/04/21
  • nakos £14,500 08/04/21
  • Derekco•••• £14,250 07/04/21
  • Micheal•••• £14,000 07/04/21
  • Micheal•••• £13,750 07/04/21
  • Derekco•••• £13,500 07/04/21
  • Micheal•••• £13,250 07/04/21
  • Derekco•••• £13,000 07/04/21

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