What does CarinaFR mean?
Back in 1983 when Toyota introduced the first front wheel drive Carinas (T150 series) they named in Japan the existing rear wheel drive model (Toyota Carina A60) the Carina FR and the new model just Carina. In some (export) markets the Carina name retained on the rear wheel drive model while the new front wheel drive model got the name Carina II.
Which Toyota Carina models were rear wheel drive?
On the 17th Tokyo Motor Show Toyota unveiled the first Carina next to the Celica. Both cars were based on the same platform and shared the same floorpan, suspension, engines and many more parts. The first series of the Carina included model numbers A10 to A19 and A30 to A32.
The second series started to sell from 1977 till 1981 and included model numbers A40, A41, A42 A43, A45, A46, A47, A49. A sister model called the Celica Camry (a four door Celica using the Carina body with IRS) used model numbers A55, A56 and A57.
The third (and last) series started to sell from September 1981 till 1988 and included model numbers A60, A61, A62, A63 and A67.
Why did you create this site?
First of all I haven’t found a good resource on the rear wheel drive Toyota Carina anywhere. There are some pages on the internet that contain a bit of (technical) information but not just a site dedicated to these cars.
What do you hope to get from this site?
There are a couple of things I would like to create here:
- Technical reference for all rear wheel drive Toyota Carina cars (including the Toyota Celica Camry)
- Forum for owners
- Marketplace for parts
Can I help you out with the site?
Yes of course you can!
First of all you can register on the forum and share your story/knowledge and if it is worth sharing we will add it to the (tech) reference or blog about it.