Find or Sell any Parts for Your Vehicle in USA

Desperately seeking Toyota Carina E

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0800

It’s 20 years next month since Toyota opened its Burnaston Plant in the UK, and they’re desperately seeking the earliest Carina E built in 1992.

Twenty years ago next month, in December 1992, Toyota started producing cars in the UK in a new plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire. And with such a milestone looming, Toyota are keen to celebrate.

So they put out a call last month for owners of the very first Toyota Carina E models built at Burnaston between December 1992 and December 1993 to get in touch, and they’ve had a decent response. But they want more.

What Toyota want is the very first,  or as close as possible to the very first, Carina E to roll off the line at Burnaston, which means a ‘K’ plate car with a VIN number starting with ‘SB’.

With 17,000 Carinas built between 1992 and 1997 still on the road in the UK, Toyota are keen to demonstrate that their reputation for reliable and well-built cars can be demonstrated by an example of the earliest UK Carinas still working hard as a family runaround (or even a taxi).

If you have such a car – or have seen one running around your neighbourhood – either leave a comment below which we’ll pass on to Toyota, or drop Toyota an email at

If you do, and your story’s a good ‘un, Toyota have a brand new Auris to lend you for a week.

By Cars UK