1974 Toyota Corolla SR5 - Photo by Ninetyninexx
The Corolla was never meant to inspire excitement. It was built to deliver the entry-level car buyer a reliable, trouble-free driving experience. The E20 generation sold from 1970 to 1974 in the U.S. and loyally served millions of drivers. The Corolla’s simple 1.6-liter overhead-cam engine made a lively 102 hp and handling was nimble thanks to a front sway bar. By 1970, the E20 was the second best-selling car in the world. These days a good-looking E20 Corolla will turn the heads of import lovers and inspire thoughts of its drifting potential. In its time, “Car & Driver” magazine entered a 1974 Corolla SR5 into SCCA competition where the rear-wheel drive “coke bottle” coupe matched up nicely with the Datsun 510s that dominated the track. So whether you love the Corolla for its nostalgia or its performance, both can be had for a small cost.