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.

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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.

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Or the way that the script on the base recreates the fonts used on the real car:

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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.

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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?