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WEBMINING> Toyota Team Europe & 1976 RAC Rally

Almost everyone who’s read even one of my stories knows that I absolutely love AE86s. However, the one type of car that I love even more than AE86s perhaps is the TE27 Corolla Levin, the grandfather of the AE86. TE27 Corollas were sold in the USA from 1971 to 1974, with four different “minor changes” setting each year apart. While video footage of AE86s is plentiful on the internet, video footage of TE27s is extremely scarce.

Check out this extremely rare footage of the Toyota Team Europe TE27 Corolla Levin (1973 model) being driven at the Lombard RAC Rally event by rally legends (RIP) Hannu Mikkola and Ove Anderson back in 1976. Of course, I have a one track mind, so my focus is on the TE27, but the video also obviously includes other AMAZING vintage RAC rally cars…  namely, Roger Clark‘s extremely popular Cossak Escort RS, Stig Blomqvist‘s Saab and Sandru Munari‘s Lancia Stratos!

The full length video is available as a DVD from RallyFilmsReloaded.co.uk. I think I’ll need to pick up a copy myself!


:: Antonio Alvendia

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11 Responses

  1. Rich

    Man..that’s what you call historic! I never knew there was video footage of imports that far back! Thanks for sharing!! Dope!!

  2. M45 Infinite

    yeah that Stratos looks so upscale and exotic, whereas the other cars just look awesome and old school. can’t believe those cars all used to compete against each other! bad as video

  3. Haha, did a search on TE27 on MM and found this vid. Cool! Love the sound the Levin made shooting out of the corner.
    Man, found a ’72 2 dr Sedan Corolla for sale in Bakersfield, but someone jumped on it quick. It’s already gone. ha

  4. Hey Mr Hecht!

    Don’t get a Corolla SEDAN. If you’re buying a TE27, you want the COUPE body style. It has the shorter roof, and longer trunk lines. Same as my car. It’s the sexier and more appreciated of the 1971-74 Corolla body options! OR you could get a TE28 (Corolla wagon) which is bad ass. :)

    Let me know! I LOVE THOSE CARS! (obviously)

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