01:53 PM 10 Oct, 2022

Homemade restyling tried to turn a 20-year-old Toyota Corolla into a modern one

A Philippine Toyota Corolla owner found a solution to this problem by turning his eighth-generation model into an eleventh-generation twin.
It was based on the Toyota Corolla E110, which was originally introduced in 1995 but was sold in the Philippines until 2004. This particular example was purchased in 2001 and is powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, 109 hp petrol engine. (81 kW/ 110 PS) and has 180,000 km on the odometer.

Toyota Corolla


The owner's own facelift includes original headlights, grille, front bumper and hood from the much more modern Toyota Corolla E170 (2013-2019).

The noticeable differences in size and proportions between the two generations of the Corolla mean that the face transplant required a gigantic amount of work, including fitting the front fenders and wider sills.

Toyota Corolla


One of the most difficult parts of the rework was the modification of the hood: the 11th generation Corolla has a much longer hood than the 8th generation model, so there is a large offset between the wing and the windshield.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla


The new front end isn't the only change. Since the rear doors of the old sedan are longer and shorter of the new model, this made it impossible to install original parts. But we managed to integrate a set of taillights from some tuning manufacturer into the updated trunk, which retained the old spoiler and license plate holder. A homemade rear bumper tries to repeat the style of the modern one, but it does it pretty badly.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

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