First of all: Happy New Year!
My personal New Years resolution is to post more frequent to the front page of AEU86. So today I’ll kick off with a blog post about the Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited model I wrote a year ago for my own blog.
It is time to dig a bit deeper into the AE86 again and this time I had a specific model in mind: the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited!
A total of 400 Black Limited AE86 were made in 1986 and all of them are Sprinter Truenos, so no Levins were available in the Black Limited edition! All Black Limited cars were graded as GT Apex.
What are the key differences between the normal kouki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and the Black Limited?
- Black (duh!) paint in colorcode (204) that was not available on the normal lineup.
- Gold painted 5.5JJ x 14 inch rims (aka Snowflakes)
- Kouki tail lights with a Black Limited mid section
- Black Limited gold livery on the doors with a gold pinstripe
- Golden Trueno grille logo
- Black/grey/orange gauge cluster
- Black/grey/orange leather GT steering wheel
- Black/grey/orange leather gearshifter knob
- Black/grey/orange interior
These rims are the ones that are known as the snowflakes:
They have been nicknamed snowflakes because the design resembles a snowflake like shape.
In the US these rims were available as an option on the Toyota Corolla GT-S AE86 and in Japan and the US they were mounted on the Chaser/Cresta/Cressida/Mark II GX71 series as well. They were 5.5JJ wide and 14 inch in diameter and on the Black Limited a set of 185/60 tires were mounted.
One of the most beautiful elements of the Black Limited is this golden grille logo. I once owned a scruffy one which I mounted on my old AE86 but I rather would have liked a golden one like this one. 😉
The gauge cluster has orange print as well, but interestingly enough Toyota decided to use the zenki gauge cluster instead of the kouki gauge cluster. Probably they made that decision as the kouki cluster featured vertical white stripes, so replacing those with vertical orange stripes would make it less readable.
The mid console is completely covered in orange print:
Cigarette lighter, AC panel and also the factory radio (which normally has green print!) has orange print.
And that covers about all the details around the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited!
Last but not least, someone in Puerto Rico created a Black Limited replica:
Now you may frown upon replicas and think it is not the real deal. Well this guy went a long way to make it as close as possible: almost all parts are the original Black Limited parts!
Another fun fact is that the Black Limited is not the first time Toyota made a black special on top of the Trueno line: back in 1977 Toyota celebrated 9 years of Sprinter lineup with a so called Black Trueno (ブラックトレノ) but more on that subject in a later post…
In case you wish to search for the Black Limited in Google in Japanese, this is the translation: ブラックリミテッド