Toyota Corolla AE86 Classic Car Film – AE86 // LEGACY

Toyota Corolla AE86 Classic Car Film – AE86 // LEGACY


From humble beginnings, the Toyota Corolla GT Coupe (AE86) has become one of the most sought after 1980s performance cars.

Motorsport success and popular culture is a path to global cult status that few cars have trodden, and though the AE86 was a masterclass in understated design, what was beneath the surface was a concept last seen in the 1960s when the Mk1 Escort took the rally world by storm.

Once described as Toyota’s evolution of the Ford Escort RS1600, the AE86 Corolla invented a whole new genre of motorsport, and became the star of a cult cartoon, TV and film series, Initial-D.

Get under the skin of this legendary car with the latest classic car story from Paul Woodford’s Car Films channel.

This is the unofficial story, of the Toyota Corolla that changed the world.


📼 Written, filmed, presented and produced on iPhone 11 and GoPro Hero 7 by Paul Woodford.

With thanks:

🎥 Special Stage Rally Review – rally footage

🚗 Alex Allingham Cars – use of the AE86 Corolla

📖 Research – Tom Hutchings

🎶 Ross Bugden – “Something Wicked” (other royalty free music also used in soundtrack) –