by monkeymagic

e7 rollas, there are so many

I love japanese cars of the 70’s and 80’s. But sometimes it gets a bit confusing. One of the best examples are the E7 Toyota Corollas. They where the 4th Corolla generation and built from 1979 to 1984 (vans until 1987) and had numerous body styles and engines to choose from. Today they are mostly misspelled and most people call the 2/4 door sedan/wagon the KE70, the coupe is often called AE71 and the liftback TE71. Bit it isn’t as simple as that. The model codes go like this XE7Y. Where X will give you the model of the engine block (KE or AE or TE) and Y gives you the body style. This generation of the Corolla had 2 facelifts.

I’ll try to get all these E7 corolla’s listed as far as I know them. Please share/correct/comment whenever you think I’ve got something wrong.

So what do we have?

2 different sedans: 2 doors and 4 doors
4 station wagons/vans:  2 and 4 door station wagon, 2 door panel van and there was one high roof version of the 4 door station wagon.
2 hardtop coupes: 2 door GT hardtop coupe and the 2 door sprinter hardtop
2 liftbacks: 3 door Liftback and the 3 door Sprinter GT Liftback
2 coupes: 3 door coupe, 3 door Sprinter coupe
That’s 11 different body styles for one and the same car! Tried to find a nice example for all of the above:

2 door sedan:

4 door sedan:

2 door station wagon:

4 door station wagon:

4 door high roof station wagon:

2 door van:

2 door hardtop GT:

2 door hardtop Sprinter:

3 door liftback:

3 door Sprinter liftback:

3 door coupe:

3 door Sprinter coupe:

4 thoughts on “e7 rollas, there are so many”

  1. i’ve never got this sorted out as well.. with xE7y, you said y is the body style. so AE71 and TE71 should share the same body style right? so even saying the coupe as AE71 and liftback as TE71 is not correct?

    1. In fact the last number is way more complicated it isn’t the body style such as 4door, coupe,… It’s more about production years, ssprings,… Here’s a little non exhaustive list: AE70: 3A Powered with Rear Coil Springs (3A-U) AE71: 4A Powered with Rear Coil Springs (4A, 4A-C) CE70: 1C Powered with Rear Coil Springs (1C Diesel) CE71: 1C Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (1C Diesel) CE72: 1C Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (1C Diesel) KE70: 4K Powered with Rear Coil Springs (4K, 4K-C) KE71: 4K Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (4K-J) KE72: 4K Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (4K-J) KE73: 4K Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (4K) KE74: 5K Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (5K-J) TE70: 13T Powered with Rear Coil Springs (13T-U) TE71: 2T Powered with Rear Coil Springs (2T, 2T-B, 2T-C, 2T-G, 2T-GEU) TE72: 3T Powered with Rear Coil Springs (3T-C) TE73: 12T Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (12T) TE74: 12T Powered with Rear Leaf Springs (12T-J)

  2. I don’t know if you would consider the 4 door sprinter and 4 door corolla different body styles as well? the only differences are the flat front vs ‘slant’ front and the differently shaped C pillar.

    It is all pretty interesting. You could get a ‘sprinter’ in every body style bar the wagon/panel van with just slight differences. Then you consider trim levels, the fact the 2 door sedans were only the base trim and there are Corolla Levins and GT’s as well the Sprinter Trueno. It is fascinating looking at worldwide variations of the E7 Corolla

  3. the Y of XE7Y denotes engine size which is matched with the engine code X. There’s a list here http://www.club-k.co.nz/Forums/viewthread.php?tid=8107 taken from Toyota brochures found on http://www.group5-web.com website. The letters following the chassis code then tells you if its corolla (E) or sprinter (F), body shape – coupe (C) hardtop (S) liftback (L) sedan (E) van (X), gearbox type – manual (M) auto (K), and then last two digits for interior/exterior/options packages. There’s 5 basic body styles, coupe/hardtop/liftback/sedan/van. Then there’s corolla and sprinter versions of each except wagon. (badges may say sprinter in Australia for the corolla sedan/wagon?). Then of those there’s an early and facelift variation. Coupe/hardtop/liftback were only a 2door. But theres many variations in the case of sedans and wagons internationally which both have 2 and 4 door variants, and i count 6 frontal variations on the van. yes the jdm sprinter sedan has different rear 1/4 panels around the tail lights compared to the corolla sedan. Levin, Levin-S, Levin-Apex, Trueno and Trueno-Apex were only found on the jdm *coupe* body powered by 2tgeu, with the exception of Norway which had a 2tg Coupe badged as a GT. The other body styles with 2tgeu (including sedan but except wagon) were badged as a GT. Apart from some euro spec, no other countries had GT’s. Highly recommend looking through the group5 website linked above for E7 spec sheets 🙂
    I own a jdm ke70 SR coupe, 3tgte powered.

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