Often spotted at shows in and around Durban, this chisel nose corolla never fails to turn heads. Rishaad Rajmun became the proud owner of this beauty when it was handed down to him in stock standard pristine condition by his dad, but any true petrolhead knows that driving a standard car is never an option so Rishaad decided to spice things up a bit.
First up was the paintwork. The car was sent in to Autosport Panelbeaters for a full respray in Monza red with silver flakes that comes to life in the sunlight. With the paintwork on par, it was time to get a good set of wheels to take his ride to the next level.
G-Force tyres came to the rescue and in went a set of OZ Racing Turbo reps wrapped in Nankang 185/35/17 rubber for that slight stretched effect. The arches were brought closer to the ground by a custom set of lowering springs made by Stableride.
An original Gli twincam executive lip now hangs on to the front bumper while a Webasto tilt and slide sunroof adds to the aesthetics of this fine 80s sedan.
The interior is where things really get exciting. A-Class Auto Trimmers did a flawless job reupholstering the stock seats and dashboard in Oxblood leather. A Yaris multifunction steering wheel now replaces the stock one and Rishaad has even gone the extra mile by getting all the buttons to work the way they were suppose to.
All audio equipment and wiring is from the Rockford Fosgate stable except the headunit which is a JVC double din that is housed in a custom made fascia panel wrapped in oxblood leather. Upfront we have a RF 6.5” split system (P165-S), with the mids mounted on custom door cards and the tweeters in the a-pillars. The rear parcel shelf is now home to a set of RF 5” mids (P152) with a blow through port in the middle to allow the bass from the RF P2D2 12” subwoofer to enter the cabin. The speakers are powered by a RF T600-4 amplifier that is more than capable to run the entire system. A RF 2 farad capacitor helps keep current flowing when those heavy bass notes hit and is housed in it’s own custom side panel while the amp found its way into the custom false floor.
The cabin and boot has received a layer of STP sound deadening that helps eliminate road noise and reduce vibrations. The install is a DIY job but is so well put together you would swear it was done by a pro.
No show and shine vehicle would be complete with out a sparkling engine bay. All bolts in the engine bay have been replaced and the tappet cover has received a splash of Monza red and silver flakes as well. A custom battery cover now hides a Deltec deep cycle battery that supplies the juice to the Rockford goodies.
Overall, Rishaad's Corolla is one hot ride that will be turning heads for years to come!
Words and photography by Vitesh Sampath