Stikkord: Corolla

1973 Toyota TE27 Corolla

Since 1988, Mike Muniz has owned this Toyota TE27 Corolla. In that time, its been street car, a drag car, a road race car, and currently it’s an homage to the TE27 rally cars that began with the chassis’ debut race at the 1973 RAC Rally. Read more about this Corolla, now on its seventh engine, and go behinds the scenes during the making of this film at Drive Tastefully® Discover more at




This week we take a ride in Romain Saraiva’s firecracker red 1976 Toyota Corolla KE35 SR along the country roads just south of Paris.

“I grew up in the back of a Renault 5 and Mercedes 190,” Romain reminisces, “On the highway, I would play a game with my father and my kid brother. The goal was to guess the make of cars and trucks. My father would always win because of all the old cars. That’s where it all started.” What began as an innocent game to pass the time on family road trips became the seed for a lifetime of automotive love.

“I became interest[ed] in those cars,” Romain lovingly admits, “I am curious, and not knowing what make they were intrigued me.” In his younger years, Romain’s family acquired a sturdy Toyota Hilux—the seemingly immortal compact truck the world’s workforce has depended on for decades—and years later Romain’s grandfather is still driving the trusty Toyota hauler.

His granddad’s Toyota pickup-turned-farm-truck, a neighbor’s often-driven Datsun, and the Saraiva family’s Mazda MX-5 with a six-digit odometer tally all came together to capture Romain’s curiosity: “I found it so interesting. I came to realize that these cars had a story and a soul.”

When Romain eventually came of driving age, he was studying art in school and was after something special for his first car; something different, something with a soul. After discovering the unusual classic Toyota Corolla coupe in Portugal while on a family vacation, Romain kept an eye out for a similar sled once home back in France. Finally, he found a red and white Corolla KE35 SR for sale: “It reminded me of Starsky & Hutch, so I fell for it.”

But Romain’s lusting eyes were blinded from what lay beneath the shiny red paint. He quickly discovered that the car was somewhat shoddily thrown together—not to mention it had been wrecked and hastily repaired for a quick sale—but the Corolla’s charm captivated Romain all the same, and he decided to iron out the wrinkles and make his vehicle into the one he’d originally envisioned it could be.

“We spent a lot of time on it, taking it apart, changing parts, and redoing it. We wouldn’t give up,” says Romain, “I really wanted to create something for me and for my children too, like a heritage. Just like my father’s talents for mechanics, for everything he taught me and will continue to pass on to me.”

It was a lengthy process that required a lot of the family’s hands to help resurrect the humble Toyota coupe, but Romain was determined to bring it back from the brink. “It was a family adventure between a father and a son and the rest of the family who had to put up with a dismantled car for over two years, but [it] all ended well.” After seeing the rebuild photos and the finished project in action, we couldn’t agree more.

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Bildilla / Pål Leraand 8/6-17:  I går hentet jeg hjem en av prosjekt bilene mine. Denne bilen må få en overgang, får å se om den er vært å bygge opp.

Den har stått i MANGE år. Trolig mellom 12 og 15 år.

Men sånn på passe langt hold, så ser den jo fin ut   😉

Nå hadde jeg mine «beste» ungdomms år, på 80 tallet…  Kan hende jeg er preget av det da?  😉

Er litt svak for biler fra 70 og 80 tallet. Men slik er det jo med veldig mange av oss. Vi søker nostalgien fra da vi var unge…..

Bilen mangler bensintank og radiator +++  Bremsene er nok ikke helt som nye heller  🙁

Teknisk info: 1981 Toyota Corolla SR 1,6   TE71 med 2T-B motor.



Det blir spennende å grave seg litt ned i bilen å se. Kanskje kan den reddes  🙂

Kom med forslag til bilens nye liv! Farge?

Skal prøve å få til en bedre video snart!

Vide0 nr 2…  Litt bedre oversikt over prosjektet…


Prosjekt bil: 1979 Corolla KE36

Bildilla Magasin:: En enkel video om en av prosjekt bilene.

1979 Toyota Corolla KE36.
Denne har hele livet vært registrert som 2 seters varebil.
Men det originale baksettet ligger i bilen og kan monteres om mann finner på og måtte ønske 5 setter.

Bilen er i god stand, og det er ikke mye rust sveising som kreves.

A simple video about one of the project cars.

1979 Toyota Corolla KE36.
This has all his life been registered as 2 seater van.
But the original rear seat is in the car and can be mounted on man finds and desire 5 sets.

The car is in good condition and there is not much rust welding required.

Garasje besøk 2015. del 1.


En liten tur innom lageret vårt, for og vurdere hva vi skal prioritere.

1975 Toyota Crown 2,6 Costum Wagon
1978 Mazda Cosmo 121
1978 Chevrolete Caprice Wagon 355 / 350
1979 Toyota Corolla 3d Wagon
1984 Toyota Celica Liftback
1991 Toyota Soarer UZZ32
1992 Toyota Camry V6 3,0
1998 Lexus LS400
1999 Lexus LS400

Vi har også stående flere prosjekter på vent:
1972 Toyota Celica Cupe TA22
1977 Toyota Celica Liftback RA28
1994 Lexus LS400

Men jeg er nå usikker på hva som skal prioriteres først?

Noen som har en idee.. Hva er skal vi starte alvorlig med først?


A little trip into our warehouse, too consider what we should prioritize.

1975 Toyota Crown 2.6 Costum Wagon
1978 Mazda Cosmo 121
1978 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon 355/350
1979 Toyota Corolla Wagon 3d
1984 Toyota Celica Liftback
1991 Toyota Soarer UZZ32
1992 Toyota Camry V6 3.0
1998 Lexus LS400
1999 Lexus LS400

We also standing several projects on hold:
1972 Toyota Celica TA22 Cupe
1977 Toyota Celica Liftback RA28
1994 Lexus LS400

But I am now unsure what should take precedence?

Anybody have an idea .. What are we start seriously with first?