Junkyard Find: 1989 Toyota Corolla All-Trac Wagon

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1989 toyota corolla all trac wagon

You want rare? When’s the last time you saw a Corolla All-Trac, anywhere?

Colorado, where I live, is sort of a living museum of four-wheel-drive vehicles that have been forgotten in the rest of the world. The Tercel 4WD wagon is still a common sight here, along with endless IHC Scouts and every possible variety of old Subaru. Even here, however, you see about as many street-driven Packards as you do Corolla All-Trac wagons.

So, here’s this nearly complete example, with beautiful interior and no rust that I could find. It’s hard to imagine these things ever becoming sought-after collector cars, but one day we’ll realize they’re all gone.

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  • Lemmiwinks Lemmiwinks on Jan 24, 2012

    I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I've been doing a retrospective on these Junkyard Find pieces this afternoon. (It's been a slow day.) For the record, Murilee, you can find a decent number of these buggers (as well as their Honda brothers-from-another-mother) actively roaming the streets of the SF peninsula and east bay. The fact that you can find a lot of vintage Japanese metal near 'round these parts is nothing special in and of itself, but the other half and I always take a picture when we spot one of these little 4wd oddities... I believe we've caught at least three dozen examples in the past couple years. (And no, I'm not thinking of the Tercel.) Folks around here love them some AWD Tahoe machines, even if it means the trip from Placerville to South Lake on 50 will take three hours.

  • JMA510 JMA510 on Oct 22, 2012

    I still have one! A little different though, mine is a Sprinter Carib right hand drive, same deal mostly. See quite a few of them around B.C. interior region since the used Japanese importing market has become so popular in this area. Mine is a 1988 AE95 model, also with only 94000Km so hopefully she will be around for quite a while.

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