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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have no doubt that this is the cleanest third-gen Tercel three-door hatchback on the planet. Much props go out to @jorgerochet for ouring his passion into a car that most people simply overlook. Solid old skool tactics!
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.
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!