Today’s subject is a model of a car that had no equivalent in the Regular Tomica line-up - the E30 Corolla Lift Back.
It’s been a long time since a rear hatch was a big deal, but back in 1976, it certainly was. The third generation Corolla (E30) offered such a model for the first time. The “Lift Back” (in two words!) was not really meant as a City Hatchback, but more of a sporty life style vehicle. Toyota still offered a proper two door coupe for those who wanted a more traditional sporty model.
A split folding rear seat was also still a big deal - so much so that Tomica modelled that feature into the Dandy’s interior - neat.
Which engine you found under the hood depended very much on where you lived. There was quite a variety available in different markets. In Japan, you could also get this car with a different front end and a DOHC engine as the “Sprinter”. In that version, Toyota advertised the rear hatch as the “Sun Deck” in a series of rather cute ads:
But back to the Dandy model. It has the things you can expect: Lots of opening features (though the engine hood doesn’t), details cast rather than tampo’d and lots of nice little details. Like the “defroster” and “wiper” on the back window.
Or the way that the script on the base recreates the fonts used on the real car:
And a nice interior with a separate dashboard piece:
So there’s an awful lot to like about this vintage piece, and it manages that balance between toy and scale model quite well.
In a world awash with SUVs, we need more cars like that. Business at the front, party at the back. What’s not to like?