1986 Toyota Corolla Levin Apex AE86 Kouki. Restored & Tuned! Black & White
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Corolla Levin Apex AE86 Kouki (Late Model). Restored Condition & Tuned!
Panda Black & White
The Original RWD 16 Valve Corolla / Sprinter is affectionately termed as the "Hachi Rokku" in Japan - meaning "86". The AE86 has the enviable acolade of having been successfully used from near the humble beginnings of the drift scene in Japan and is still used with strong success in the D1 Professional Grand Prix of Japan by some of the most successful teams - No other car of this generation is still as used in competition, a true testament to how special these are. As owners and developers of one of the best prepared street / drift AE86's in the world, we firmly believe this car is one of the best for pure driving fun. Handling is well balanced and chuckable with good control when sliding. The sound of the Yamaha developed 4AGE 16 Valve engine in anger is unmistakable at full throttle. Nothing sounds quite as good as this normally aspirated high reving engine. Being lightweight with very little weight over the rear wheels, these cars don't need huge amounts of power to drift. A combination of a live rear axle and McPherson strut front suspension make this a naturally slidable car. The Hachi Rokku is the true "Old Skool" drift classic!! - Even Tsuchiya rates them above all other drift cars!
This is the best condition example we've come across EVER - even better in bodywork condition than our own example painstakingly developed over the last 12 months! Had we found this example a year ago, it would have made a perfect base for our car!
Bodywork has been restored with a complete repaint in original colours classic Panda colours (Car was white before, also - so it's not a colour change). inclusive of the engine bay and underside!! It's been waxoyled in the cavity areas to prevent any rust in future. Then it's been lovingly re-assembled with performance parts to enhance it as a driver's car for the road, whilst still keeping the classic Kouki (Later model) look. Bodykit is original with factory skirts, front and rear bumpers and Dog Fight Pro front lip. The front grille has been changed for an early type design - which allows more air flow. Each arch has been carefully rolled with the edges neatly professionally folded in, to allow the car to be as low as possible. Note that the sidelights and headlight bulbs have been changed for blue-white items. Wheels are original classic RS Watanabe 14 x5.6+9.5 with Bridgestonr Potenza Grid II 185/50/R14 tyres. The classic wheels of choice for this car and the ideal size for drifting (Sidewalls are higher than with 15" alloys, which helps the car to drift earlier). Suspension consists of brand new TRD adjustable shock absorbers with Espelir Active Super Down Springs. The front mounts are pillow ball adjustable, so camber can be tweaked to give more grip and bite at the front too. Roll centre adaptors have been fitted at the front to compensate the lower arms for the lowered suspension and remove bump steer. In addition, front ride height is also adjustable. At the rear, a Cusco adjustable lateral rod with pillow ball bushes holds the back axle steady from sideways play during hard cornering. In addition, at the front there is also a strut brace fitted. The differential seems to still be standard, but as we have an original TRD Limited Slip Differential as an un-needed spare, we will supply this with the car free of charge.
Engine Modifications: Whilst the engine itself remains standard, the following nearly new parts have been added: Apexi Power Intake air filter, HKS 4-2-1 stainless steel exhaust manifold. A catalyst is fitted, although we recommend taking this off and replacing with a stainless steel pipe (Available through ourselves). The Cat back exhaust section is a Fujitsubo Legalis R stainless steel system. The radiator is standard, aside from a 1.3 Bar high pressure SARD radiator cap. Water temp generally stays low on these, it's the oil that can get hot under hard use. To keep this 4AGE cool, a huge 15 row cooler is fitted. The photo shows only the top, but it extends as far as the bottom of the radiator. Annodised fittings, braided hoses and a remote oil filter are also part of this package. Note that the timing belt has been replaced 2 years ago, when the car was presumably restored. Since then it's hardly done any mileage - which means it's much like it was when completed. Note that the battery has been relocated to the boot using a SARD kit, to help equalise weight distribution. We have a spare pair of Mikuni Twin Choke Carbs which came off our own race car,
Interior: No hifi is fitted although there's a full set of speakers fitted. A TRD leather knob and Lonza alloy pedal covers are fitted. On the left and right of the instrument panel are Omori oil and water temperature gauges neatly fitted where vents used to be. The driver's seat is a Recaro SR III with full adjustability. The Steering wheel is original, but as we have a spare steering boss suited for use with a "Personal" steering wheel, we will supply the boss with the car free of charge. Interior condition is excellent - again amongst the very best we've found in any AE86. No burnt Vinyl on the rear seats, complete trim in good condition, even original floor mats - although these could do with changing. We are able to supply top quality tailor made mat sets for this car at only £125.00 through This has been a non smoker's car and there are no cigarette burns at all. The only damage we could find on the interior are two small holes on the centre console surround, which would be by the front passenger's right ankle.
Bodywork, Chassis Interior: Auction grade of this car is 1 due to modifications and restoration (Copy of auction sheet is available). Considering this car is now over 20 years old, it's in awesome condition! There is virtually no rust at all, not even to the underside of the chassis (Note there are some mild dents on the underside - nothing of any consequence at all). The usual areas that AE86's suffer from rust are original and corrosion free including door bottoms, arches, sills, rear panel, tailgate, etc. We found just one area with a 1cm circle of surface rust on the trailing section of the rear o/s arch (See picture). There is a touch up mark on the rear tailgate - as shown in pictures and finally a 6 inch very light scratch on the n/s quarter. Nothing else!! Paintwork quality throughout is excellent. Note that the front wheels have some kerbing marks, something to be expected on a car of this age.
Having just completed our 200 bhp Race engined Drift AE86, these are cars we have strong enthusiasm and understanding of. To us, it's the most fun Japanese car of all. Whilst it's not the most powerful, it's a car that needs to be driven properly to get the best from it - and it rewards with excellent performance from accurate driving. The Irish have loved these for a long time, well before people in England started to realise how special they are.
With the many poor quality examples available, in 8 years this is only the 2nd AE86 we have bought for stock. Having driven it thoroughly to test, we find it drives very well, with excellent throttle response, good strong normally aspirated 4AGE power, drama free brakes, good clutch and most importantly - excellent handling, with easy, slow driftability. Needless to say, it sounds superb too.
Examples as good as this are very, very rare - even in Japan! This is also the most sought after colour scheme too.
As this is an older car, it doesn't require an SVA test - all it needs is a simple MOT to prepare. Available for £6,350 as is (With TRD LSD, steering boss and if desired a complete pair of twin choke of Mikuni Carburettors, jets, manifold, MSD ignition system and coil, etc), complete with full documentation and support to get the car registered.Alternatively we can supply at £7,450 ew MOT, minor paintwork repairs for the areas detailed, complete with 6 month's road tax and full UK registration. A warranty is offered as an optional extra - with a car like this, mechanical problems are frankly unlikely. Hachi Rokku's are tough cars and this one's been prepared to take abuse!
Please Contact us for full details of how to reserve this unique AE86 for yourself. A deposit of £1,000 secures for prompt shipment.
Hurry though - it took 12 months to find this example, after we bought our own! Another anywhere near as good as this is realistically very unlikely!