Britain’s oldest Toyota Carina E found! « Toyota UK news, reviews, video and pictures

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Britain#8217;s oldest Toyota E found!

We#8217;ve tracked the oldest British-built Toyota E on the road. Read the full here.


it is – we#8217;ve finally tracked one of the oldest British-built Toyota Es still on the road in the UK!

Our search for the running example of the first made at the Toyota Motor UK factory in Derbyshire gained exposure – and after chasing leads, we#8217;ve located the one of the Carina Es still on the road.

Hoyland#8217;s Carina E was registered in 1993, and was built during our factory#8217;s early months.

testament to the quality and reliability of UK manufacturing effort that remained on the road ever  – here#8217;s the story #8230;

December 16, 1992 was a groundbreaking day for It marked the first day of Carina E in the company#8217;s state-of-the-art factory in near Derby. Not bad, the decision to build here was just three years with Toyota Manufacturing UK being set-up in December

It#8217;s an ongoing success more than 20 years on, TMUK#8217;s investment now topping billion. In 2012, 109,502 and Auris models were there by a dedicated and expert

The Carina E was launched in the UK and Europe in 1992, but for the first nine cars sold here actually imported in from Despite that, Toyota it the #8216;E#8217; to denote that it had tuned to appeal to European and to reflect its eventual UK production. on sale, the Carina E soon selling strongly – both on the of the memorable advertising campaign featured Enya#8217;s Book of ), and the brilliant strapline, #8216;the car in is a Toyota.#8217; 20 years on, people say that.

It#8217;s possible that Hoyland was humming that song when he walked his local Toyota dealership a view to buying one. It was 1993, and he decided that he a new car to replace his trusty Honda He#8217;d worked hard for it, #8216;I had taught chemistry for 30 odd and decided to buy one using my redundancy he says.

The car Mike went for was a E GL four-door saloon, which up to the princely sum of £13,175.00. #8216;I have the original invoice, and I let a adopt the Honda, so there was no against the Carina.,#8217; Mike Needless to say, Mike delivery on 1 August – L-registration day – in to maximise that new car experience.

And coming up to 20 years on, Mike has that Carina E. And he loves it. has been absolutely reliable, he #8216;It runs almost and the exhaust has only been once. At 32,000 miles, the sensor packed up, but I was advised to Toyota GB headquarters in Redhill, I did. And without any query, agreed to stand the cost.#8217; consumables have included one motor, a shock absorber, and a of radiators.

#8216;But that#8217;s all not bad for 20 years and miles, eh,#8217; Mike

Other than that, the has run like clockwork, proving the Toyota#8217;s British workers can a car to the same exacting quality as their Japanese counterparts. was one other issue, but that#8217;s the car#8217;s fault: #8216;The locking has failed partly due to taking a screwdriver to the lock,#8217; says. #8216;They didn#8217;t get in, but the had to be changed.#8217;

Mike#8217;s Carina E is typical family hack, and used properly – it#8217;s no museum piece. #8216;There#8217;s a bit of on the front wings,#8217; he adds. But it is has perfect. #8216;It has taken the all over without a blip; we carried my son#8217;s bicycle and to and from Nottingham University he was a student, and it is easy to carry 5m of timber through the sunroof – and was standard fit in 1993.#8217;

Did Mike buy the car because it was made in the UK, or it was a Toyota? #8216;I hadn#8217;t it was one of the earliest of the cars made although there was a small to that effect somewhere at the top of the he confirms.

And is Mike a car fan? yes, I like cars, and I an interest in what#8217;s on the road,#8217; he #8216;I read reports, but think that they are as as they would like to The Carina “wasn#8217;t inspiring” said, but how many cars can with mine without treatment?#8217;

He#8217;s also a Toyota #8216;The company is supportive of its and the customers. My favourite cars are the MR2, the old Celica and the new GT86 . to reality, the Yaris Trend great, and what I#8217;ve concerning the Auris is also But if money is object, then a GS would fit the bill perfectly,#8217; says.

And would he have Toyota? #8216;Certainly! But the Carina E like it#8217;s going on and you can#8217;t just walk from a best pal can you?#8217;


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