Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex (AE86) White (AUTOart) 1/18

Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex (AE86) White (AUTOart) 1/18


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When Toyota pulled the wraps off its fifth generation Corolla line in 1983, which included both front-drive sedans and the rear-drive AE86 Sprinter Trueno hatchback coupe, few thought the humdrum cars would become future collectibles. But nobody ever anticipated the rise more than a decade later of drifting, the art of sliding cars sideways around corners. It was first practiced by street racers on the twisty mountain roads of central Japan, and then popularized in the Initial D manga graphic comic book and television anime series. With its 130-hp twin-cam 1587-cc four-cylinder engine, codenamed 4A-GEU, the Trueno makes an unlikely sports car. But to Japanese street racers, the Trueno or Hachi-Roku (which just means 'eighty-six' in Japanese) is the perfect combination of light weight at 940 kg, simplicity with its solid-axle rear end, and low cost. Keiichi Tsuchiya, known as the dori-king, or drift king, drove a Hachi-Roku while propelling drifting to international popularity in the late 1990's.

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