Toyota Corolla Unofficially Celebrates 45 Years on the US Market

Introduced in 1966, the Toyota Corolla managed to become the best-selling car worldwide by 1974, managing to stay in that position until the present, while in 1997 the model became the best selling nameplate in the world and  to surpass the famous Volkswagen Beetle, with over 39 million Corolla units sold by 2012.
1969 Toyota Corolla 1 photo
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Just a couple of years after its launch, the Toyota Corolla was released on American soil in the summer of 1968, right as the sales of imported vehicles were growing fast.

Sold as a two-door subcompact car in the 1969 for about $1,700, the Toyota Corolla rapidly developed a reputation for being cheap, reliable and easy to maintain. The car was available in two engine setups: a 1.1-liter or a 1.2-liter. Also, it was offered in two transmission choices, a 2-speed automatic and a 4-speed manual.

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