1983: JDM Toyota Carina Takes You Home via Mojave Desert Country Roads

We all know about the Toyota Corolla and even the Toyota Corona, but few Americans have ever laid eyes on a Toyota Carina, since that model graced American Toyota showrooms for just a few years in the early 1970s. In Japan, though, sales of the Carina (which was built on the same platform as the Celica) continued through the 2001 model year. Here’s a home-market TV commercial for the 1983 Carina, featuring a cool-looking dude with a golden razor blade tangled in his chest hair (use your imagination) tooling his right-hand-drive Carina past coyotes in the Mojave Desert while sporting the best-looking license plates the Golden State ever offered: the “sunset” plate used between 1982 and 1987.

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