#385 Toyota Tercel

1980 Toyota Tercel spotted in my imagination

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

Impossible to find. In the past few weeks as I get closer to the end of my project to illustrate all 265 Toyota model variations sold in the US, I've run into a number of models that just didn't sell well and weren't deemed collectable enough to survive the decades. It's a bit sad, but I suppose it's Darwinism in action. This Corolla Tercel sedan is one of those cars and after spending over an hour scouring Instagram for a single owner of this model, I gave up.

#361 Toyota Tercel

1988 Toyota Tercel owned by 千葉楓

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

Seriously? I think this is the only third-generation Tercel four-door hatchback (five-door always sounded wrong to me; you can't just call a hatch a door and fool me) that exists on Instagram. It wasn't easy to finally connect with @skmahalofarm and his showroom-condition EL3, but it was my only shot at getting some better photos. His IG is full of great photography, some even automotive-themed.

#352 Toyota Tercel

1980 Toyota Tercel owned by Bronson Grant

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

TWO HUNDRED TOYOTAS! Sixty-one left to go. I was in the back seat of an identical Tercel in fourth grade when a drunk seventeen-year-old girl blasted a stop sign and T-boned our family on our way to a summery Sunday morning picnic. @bronson_grant, don't you DARE ram me with this car, deal? Haha. Got her all fixed up just the way you wanted, even took the liberty to lower her a little more.

// @timmmymartin gets a point for referring me.

#343 Toyota Tercel

1996 Toyota Tercel owned by Takashi Saito

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

With number 195 in my series to illustrate every body variation of every generation of every model of every Toyota to hit our shores, I'm 75% of the way to completing this project. Today we visit our Pacific islands to pay some respect to the EL53 Tercel of @saitaka_oth. This car started life as a bare-bones commuter, but with some custom paint, Work Eurolines (or whichever set of wheels he's swapped on today) and a subtle stance, this little sedan is poised to be a future Japanese vintage... if he just holds on to it just a little longer.

#335 Toyota Tercel

1994 Toyota Tercel owned by Ricardo Bermudez

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

The 4E-EFT was the most powerful E-series engine that Toyota ever produced. Let that sink in for a second before I also mention that it's a 1.3L and it boasted 133hp. Of course, @rick_4e wasn't gonna leave his lump stock, so he's got all sorts of little go-fast bits bolted on. No more 82hp 3E-E in his Tercel! Sit it all on some Equip 03s and you've got a fun little toy.

#254 Toyota Tercel

1984 Toyota Tercel owned by Richard Ibarra

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

Richard made this one easy for me! Knowing I am looking for every Toyota model to illustrate, he DMed me a link straight to his Tercel hatchback and it is definitely worthy. Clean as fuck, wearing period-correct Riken Turbo wheels and some sweeeet louvers, I had fun drawing this little econobox. Now @yachtmaster_ii, you should get together with @ferisewheel and @kaochang2 and get a photo shoot of your cars together.

#238 Toyota Tercel

1985 Toyota Tercel owned by @tercel22

DarrenDriven
Cover Image

Finally, I can talk shit about a car. This crappy little Tercel was posted to Car Domain three years ago and I can imagine no scenario where the owner still owns it, or that it even still runs anymore. In my quest to illustrate every single Toyota, I sometimes have to draw stupid cruddy little cars like this... but it was the best example that I could find. Seriously, can you find a better looking five-door second-gen Tercel? Tag me if you can!