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1973 Toyota TE27 Corolla: Three Decades And Seven Engines Later

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Crossworth
Crossworth
1 year ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofAT1IdGl90&feature=share

This car belonging to “Big” Mike Muniz is feature by Conner .

Coming soon compliments of FORZA / Xbox

MR 2cv
MR 2cv
3 years ago

Awesome vid!……….. Just awesome!

John Daggett
John Daggett
4 years ago

Enjoyed the film, just like previous comments can we have a follow up film when the engine swap happens?

Steve88M3
Steve88M3
4 years ago

A car guy through and through. Excellent film here.

Todd Kaneko
Todd Kaneko
4 years ago

Dear Petrolicious,

Please, please, please do a second installment of Mr. Big Mike’s TE27 feature. My fellow enthusiasts and I here in Japan would like to see a full video feature of his green Sprinter Trueno. We visited California just to see this car at Toyotafest a few months ago. This is a rare model even in Japan. I think only made in 5 months before Toyota changed the look of the exterior of the car. This looks like the car was brought from 1972 to now using a time machine but better, The quality and detail is just WOW! at the show it was just displayed, we want to see it running (maybe saving the rare new old tires and use different wheels). Mr. Big must have very heavy connections to get all the rare new old parts for his car. I don’t know if you do any sequels on your site, please make exception and do one on Mr. Big’s early 1972 Toyota Sprinter.
キープ・ザー・オールド・カー・アライブ
Todd Kaneko

BigMikeMuniz
BigMikeMuniz
4 years ago
Reply to  Todd Kaneko

Hi Todd, I remember you from Toyotafest. Thank you again for flying out to see my early 1972 Sprinter Trueno. It was nice meeting you in person.

Lars Jönlid
Lars Jönlid
4 years ago

Thanks for uploading !

RandyP63
RandyP63
4 years ago

The last two videos made up for the F40 debacle. Nice video Mike.

JB21
JB21
4 years ago

When I was growing up in Japan in the 70s, TE27 was not a car that I paid attention when I was a kid – I mean, after all, it was a Corolla, and my neighborhood happened to have had a lot of rather more interesting (to a young kid like me) cars, like Toyota Sport 800, 2000GT, Mazda Cosmo, Nissan 240Z, Kenmeri GTR, and unforgettable Isuzu 117 Coupé. When I learned to drive in the late 80s in my friend’s AE86, there was this guy in his 40s, I think, who drove his TE27 up and down the mountain. His driving was absolutely beautiful, and it left a huge impression on me, and learned to appreciate TE27 quite a bit.

Myron Vernis
Myron Vernis
4 years ago

The cars are cool but Big Mike is even cooler. I’m honored to call him a friend and have all the respect for what he has accomplished. He’s a true enthusiast, a technician of the first order and, most importantly, one of the good guys. I’m going to have to do some serious work to my TE27 before I can let him see it…

Kelly Briffa
Kelly Briffa
4 years ago

Great piece… Japenese Steel is getting a lot of attention these days. Its good to see there are guys like BigMike to do right by these machines. Built a Corralla GT for a buddy when we were in high school. Only Japanese car in our clan. Most hated it until they drove it. What a blast. Great job on the car BigMike and Thank you to those who build the ride that inspires Petrolicious to showcase this great vehicles.

Landroving
Landroving
4 years ago

Thanks for mentioning the rotary engine , Mike. I was wondering why that didn’t sound like any Toyota 4 cyl that I have heard!? I’m thinking your neighbors must love it when you ride by at 8k rpm sounding like the worlds largest and angriest bee hive. Great work on the TE27’s!

Sameer Rana
Sameer Rana
4 years ago

Great piece. That is some dedication. It’s refreshing to see something different than just you regular in your face muscle car.
The first car in our family was a 76 Corolla.

BigMikeMuniz
BigMikeMuniz
4 years ago

Thank you for the feature on my TE27’s and my rare race engines. It was great working with the Petrolicious. Being featured on this site is on of the items on my bucket list. Thanks for letting me check that one off.

If you want to learn more about the green Toyota behind me on the video, here is a link to that feature:
http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/toyotafest-spotlight-mike-munizs-1972-sprinter-trueno/#comment-64950

I’m also on Instagram : BigMikeMuniz

Artūrs Žogla
Artūrs Žogla
4 years ago

Absolutely awsome cars and much respect to Mike! I own a KE25 and it’s on sale right now. Some priorities in my life are pushing to sell it. I know that someone will enjoy it and continue the neverending build.

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay
4 years ago

THAT’S passion….Mike ROCKS…. !!
Kurt

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
4 years ago

First of all, hello from Portugal – I know why this owner found the part he needed here – Toyota motto “came to stay” back in the 70’s led to a huge stream of Corollas – some are still in good condition and running – I was even offered one 18 years ago – unfortunaletlly I arrived too late…

Mr Muniz, in case you need something for your Toyotas, I can try and see what’s available.

Here’s a link that it may help you in the future

https://www.amigosjaponesesantigos.pt/forum/index.php

This forum is Portuguese and they only deal with old Japanese cars –

Great story and good luck!

Jerry L
Jerry L
4 years ago

Loved this piece! I raced a 1974 TE27 SR5 back when it was new. It later became a rallye car for a couple seasons. While never developed to the extent of Big Mike’s cars, it helped me cut my teeth in motorsport. I would live to have one again today, but as Mike said, very rare. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Stephan P
Stephan P
4 years ago

Great owner story.
I really enjoy seeing these type of cars with involved owners versus the typical exotic.