1984 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX AE86

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This classic 1984 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX AE86 3 door coupe was inspected for a client at HAA Kobe auction on 5 November 2016.

This model became famous in Japan and then the rest of the world thanks to being featured in the Initial D series of Japanese manga and anime, then in Gran Turismo and other car racing video games. See Toyota AE86 Wiki for more details.

This has led to increasing demand for the cleanest and most genuine examples, and therefore increasing prices which are discussed more here:

AE86 Prices on the Rise

This AE86 was in good condition overall considering age and modifications. A good solid car with no major rust anywhere.

Colour change red to blue was OK for Japanese standards, inside the engine bay was painted and some of the interior trim panels had been removed and painted underneath. The paint was not perfect, a few faded spots, pits in the paint from moisture and dust, but overall pretty good.

Only a minor repair history and the body and frame were undamaged.

Rear quarter panels had some modification to the wheel arches, with a set of different fender flares riveted and quick-tied on and the actual lip of the wheel arch cut and patched.

The typical rust areas for AE86’s all looked fine. Floors, quarter panels, rails, hatch, quarter windows etc were all good.

Some minor surface rust was apparent on the underbody parts but really nothing major for a car of its age.

Rear diff was leaking a bit of oil but just needed a new gasket.

No major scratches etc on the body.

Wheels had a few scratches and oxidation, again nothing major.

Interior was quite good and original. Dash on the driver’s side corner had something mounted with a sticky backing at one point, when this was removed it has damaged the dash (pictured).

No cigarette burns or tears to interior trims, seats were just a bit saggy.

15 pages of service records came with the car. Timing belt and water pump had both been done at 132,856 km on 23 June 2016.

Aftermarket parts included:

Aero kit

Loud muffler

BLITZ suspension

Fibreglass bonnet


Strut tower bar

TRD differential

Rear driveshaft changed

Gauges on the dash

Aftermarket shift knob

This AE86 was eligible for import to Australia under the 1988 and older rule.

Price withheld at owner’s request.

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We only source the best vehicles with clean and tidy interiors, and only vehicles we would be pleased to own ourselves. This is why we are constantly told by clients that the vehicles we source are well above the condition of most others on the local market.

Whether you’re looking for a classic 1984 Toyota Sprinter GT APEX AE86 like this, or any other type of vehicle we can find it for you in nice condition.

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