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The incredibly cheap, incredibly reliable 1980s Toyota econobox.

The 4WD Tercel wagons of this era got all the attention, but Toyota sold quite a few front-wheel-drive hatchbacks.

The sales king of the era of quirky four-wheel-drive Japanese subcompacts.

Here's a high-mile Denver example that got discarded at age 31.

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Eeeek_Toyota_Tercel_pickup_truck'; What is it about the front-loaded form factor introduced by the Ford Ranchero in 1957 that the compulsion to modify other cars in its image is so great? Witness this first-generation Toyota Tercel - it's got a "needs to be fixed" list, but the bodywork looks darn good. It's hard to discern from the fuzzy pictures whether the claim of a professional conversion is bogus, or if this is one of those bondo buckets that

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/mods/Return_of_the_blue_tape_car_Toyota_Tercel_dies_in_pursuit_of_art'; Pursuing art is about the only thing a Tercel could successfully chase. Inspired by a fun Audi trick we covered back in November, a '96 Tercel was covered in 3M Painter's tape prior to departing Chico, CA with Seattle as their destination. Much alcohol was consumed by all at the signing party, where Sharpies were employed to offer some personality to the blank blue canvas. Long story short,