Facts About the Second Generation
Reason for the 45-liter fuel tank
The highway infrastructure in Japan was being developed at that time, and in 1969, the highway from Tokyo to Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture was fully opened, a distance of approximately 500km. The idea was to cover the entire distance of this highway without stopping to refuel, thus the 45-liter tank for the second generation Corolla.
Sibling vehicle shows stellar performance in motor sports
In March 1972, the coupe body Corolla Levin/ Sprinter Trueno was born. Even today, these models remain popular amongst enthusiasts and are often referred to as the "TE27." This vehicle was equipped with the 1.6-liter DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) 2T-G engine developed for use in the Celica, which has a slightly larger body. The engine was equipped with a Solex carburetor and was tuned up to output 115 horsepower. With a mere 855kg body weight, these models exhibited stellar performance, achieving a maximum speed of 190km/h and achieving great success in motor sports both in Japan and overseas. Beginning in 1973, the year after the release of the second generation model, this Corolla model became the base vehicle to challenge rally races throughout the world. Then in 1975, the height of the Corolla's potential was shown in the 1,000 Lakes Rally (World Rally Championship), where the Toyota Corolla was victorious over European competitors.
[Rally Host Nations]
Nigera, Canada, New Zealand, the US, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Finland, England, France, South Africa, Paraguay, Indonesia, West Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Belgium, Malaysia