posted 4 years ago

Do you own the oldest Toyota Carina E?

Toyota has launched a search for the earliest surviving Carina E, the first Carina E rolled off the line at Toyota’s factory in Derbyshire exactly twenty years ago

Toyota has launched a search for the earliest surviving Carina E, the first Carina E rolled off the line at Toyota’s factory in Derbyshire exactly twenty years ago. Toyota is hoping to mark the 20th anniversary by tracing the oldest example still in use today.

Anyone spotting a K-plate Carina E is asked to let the owner know about the search, perhaps simply by putting a note on the car’s windscreen, and that Toyota would like to get in touch. If you own such a car, you can easily confirm whether it was British-built, or one of a number that were imported from Japan. The 17-character code on the vehicle’s identification plate will start with an S for Burnaston vehicles, and a J for imported cars. The plate can be found under the bonnet, just below the windscreen wipers.

Owners of the oldest examples found will be invited to tell their car’s story and have it photographed, and will have the chance to win use of a new Toyota Auris for a week. The Toyota factory in Derbyshire was built to produce the Carina E it was the beginning of a long-line of saloon and hatchback production that continues today with the Avensis and the new Auris and Auris Hybrid. Its output makes a significant contribution to the current prosperity of the country’s automotive industry: last year Burnaston produced more than 128,000 vehicles, 80% of which were sent for export to Europe and other world markets.