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Toyota Corolla

KE10 Corolla

Toyota logo1 Jun 1967

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

In October 1966 Toyota kicked off what was to become the world’s most successful car line. Meaning “crown of a flower”, the Corolla arrived locally in June 1967 to instant acclaim.

Australia was its first export market.

Against its (mostly English) rivals’ heavy, ponderous, post-war engineering, the rear-driven KE10 series’ breezy styling, keen pricing, eager 44kW 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine and sweet-shifting four-speed manual gearshift were a sensation. Local assembly began in 1968.

At the same time, the two-door sedan was joined by a luxury SL variant, a two-door wagon (with an three-speed auto option) and a coupe, the latter also available in SL trim as well as in sporty Sprinter guise.

Flow-through ventilation was amongst minor trim changes introduced in ’69.

The 53kW 3K-engined KE11 series (of 1.2-litre capacity) was introduced in early ’70, featuring better performance and durability and a three-speed auto option on the well-equipped SE sedan. In all 1,171,384 KE10s were produced.

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