06 August 2012| Images & story by: Saadiq Barnes.

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It’s not often you find a 1978 Toyota Corolla looking as if it had just left the factory, and this is exactly what Roberto Ferreira is cruising around these streets in.

I met up with Roberto at our local roadhouse to shoot his Corolla although, Cape Town’s gloomy winter weather posed a threat. It had stormed the night before; the clouds were still grey and hanging heavy. It looked as if it could pour any minute, but these were perfect conditions for bringing out the features of this beauty.

The shoot was done in two locations; 1st up, a parking lot of a local recreational centre where Roberto and I discussed what had been done to the Corolla and what his future plans where.

The list is as follows:

*Stock 1200 3k motor
*50mm stainless steel exhaust
*VW Mk1 chin Lip
*Matte black detailing.
*Aftermarket headlamps with HID kit
*Ford Escort 1600sport boot spoiler
*Wheels are 8J Compomotive Motorsport reps wrapped on 175/60/13 HERO tyres

The interior was original and kept as pristine as the day it left the showroom floor 34 years ago.
There were talks of a 20valve conversion, but nothing was confirmed. We’ll have to keep an eye on this one to see what he does next.

The shoot then moved on to a BMW Scrap and Parts yard Called AB's Auto, an awesome backdrop of dirt and rusty old scrap.

- Saadiq Barnes


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