1976 Toyota CarinaReview
Fun Factor 10+ — One of my Favorite cars ever. Purchased this car in 1985 for $400 in Okinawa Japan. Ran 2 Solex 76 Sidedrafts and a custom full sweep header into a 4x1 collector and out with a 3" pipe, no muffler to speak of. Lowered 1 1/2" Left hand drive, 5 speed. We used to take her out to the old airfield and race around tires .... sliding sideways ... now, know as drifting. Proud to say I "drifted" with the inventor of the sport in 85-86 in Okinawa Japan.
Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)
Pros: Some of the best fun I have had in a car.
Cons: Rotated back to the states and had to sell her ... was a sad day.
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