The Hachi-Roku Corolla is the latest old car to get a heritage parts program.
Maintaining classic sports cars and tracking down OEM spare parts is not always easy. That's why many manufacturers are reproducing spare parts to keep discontinued, historically important cars on the road. Nissan, for example, is building new spare parts for the Skyline R33 and R34 Skyline GT-R. Back in 2019, Toyota also launched the GR Heritage Parts Project, a program that reproduces and resells spare parts for some of the Japanese automaker's most beloved sports cars.
Initially, new spare parts were available for the Mk3 And Mk4 Supra before the Toyota 2000GT and Land Cruiser 40 series were added to the program.
Now, Toyota is reproducing parts for the iconic Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno AE86. From November 1, owners of the Corolla AE86 series can order parts from Toyota dealers in Japan the same way as genuine parts for modern cars or they can be shipped overseas.
Rear brake calipers and steering knuckle arm will be available from November 1, and a rear driveshaft will be added to the parts catalog starting from December 1. However, Toyota stresses that the parts will be available from suppliers for a limited time only and will be sold while stocks last. First-come, first-served.
Built between 1983 and 1987, the Toyota Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno AE86 were fitted with the 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve engine. Over 30 years later, the AE86 has gained a cult following from the drift community and is best known for its starring role in the Japanese racing manga series Initial D. See, Toyota Corollas weren't always boring.
Today, its legacy lives on in the Toyota 86 and the new Toyota GR 86, which were built in homage to the legendary AE86. Toyota even paid tribute to the AE86 last year with the special-edition 86 Black Limited, but it was only sold in Japan, sadly.