SPOTTED | A Toyota Corsa seen in Cape Town, and no, we're not pulling your leg

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Wheels24 reader Keanan Gallant snapped an image of what appears to be a Toyota Corsa.
Wheels24 reader Keanan Gallant snapped an image of what appears to be a Toyota Corsa.
Keanan Gallant

Wheels24 reader Keanan Gallant sent us an image of what appears to be a Toyota Corsa.

Opel also has a hatchback with the same name.

The model was never officially sold here.

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There is a world of undiscovered cars never seen before, and more often than not, one will never see anything quite like it again.

Cape Town is proving to be a fruitful spotting ground for rare Japanese imports as Wheels24 reader Keanan Gallant once again sent us an image of another gem, after spotting a Honda Integra earlier in 2021. This time it appears to be a Toyota Corsa in Cape Town.

The first thing to come to mind would be a badge misplacement since that is common practice among some petrolheads, but - believe it or not - the Corsa is a Toyota model, even though the Corsa name is more closely associated with Opel.


A Toyota Corsa? Yes, that is how it was badged in Japan, but it was also known as the Tercel and Corolla, spanning a total of five generations - the first of which debuted in 1978.

Though it would be impossible to know the exact year it was released, the model under the spotlight here is a fourth-generation in Scorpio trim sold from 1990 up until 1994. Using Cars from Japan as a reference point, the hatch came in three or five-door shapes while using 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5-litre engines - depending on the market.

SPOTTED | A mint first-generation Honda Integra seen cruising around in Cape Town

The Corsa must have been imported to South Africa at some point as it sports legitimate number plate registration for the Northern suburbs of Cape Town.

One of the most significant issues with imports is the availability (or possible lack thereof) regarding body or even mechanical parts because the vehicle was never officially sold locally, so components would be scarce.

The 'swapping' of automaker models is not a new thing - Toyota and Suzuki once had a GTi model of their own once upon a time.

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