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Found! The search for earliest running example of the first model made at the Toyota UK factory

Published: Wednesday 20th of February 2013 | Author: Scott | Category: Servicing

The search for the earliest running example of the first model made at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK factory in Derbyshire has found a Carina E, lovingly looked after by Mike Hoyland that was registered in July 1993 and built at Toyota's UK factory in Burnaston.

December 16, 1992 marked the beginning of production for the Toyota Carina E at the company's new manufacturing plant in Burnaston, near Derby following the decision three years before by Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) to begin production in the UK. Now some 20 years on and with investment by TMUK in excess of £2 billion, they now employ over 3000 people across two sites in the UK

The Carina E when launched in the UK back in March 1992 started selling strongly off the back of a memorable advertising campaign with the strapline, 'The car in front is a Toyota.' Even 20 years on, people still say that! Now the search for the earliest example still running has unearthed a Carina E GL four door saloon that's still driven today by the original owner Mike Hoyland.

It has been a very reliable car as Mike explains, "It has been absolutely reliable. It runs almost silently, and the exhaust has only been replaced once. At 32,000 miles, the Lambda sensor packed up, but I was advised to contact Toyota GB headquarters in Redhill, which I did. And without any query, they agreed to stand the cost.' Other consumables have included one starter motor, a shock absorber and a couple of radiators but that's all not bad for 20 years and 153,000 miles, eh" Mike smiles.

Don't be mistaken for thinking that the car is rarely used as Mike's Carina E is your typical family run around and gets used properly and is certainly not gathering dust as a museum piece. "There's a bit of rust on the front wings," explains Mike, "But it is has been perfect, taking the family all over without a blip; we have carried my son's bicycle and goods to and from Nottingham University when he was a student and it is easy to carry 5m lengths of timber through the sunroof - and that was standard fit in 1993."

The big question is would Mike ever change his car now? "Certainly! But the Carina E looks like it's going on forever and you can't just walk away from a best pal can you?"

This just goes to show that with care and regular maintenance, you can keep your pride and joy on the road for years to come. If your vehicle is due its next service then why not give us a call today and we will be delighted to book your car in at a time that's convenient for you.

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