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In 1976, I bought a beautiful brand new green Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback (that was a mouthful!) off the Tag Galyean lot in Charleston, WV. It was good looking little car, with lots of gauges, rally-type wheels with trim rings, a silky-smooth 5 speed, got 33mpg (EPA rated at 39(!) back in those days of impossible-to-hit mpg numbers, and was loads of fun for a young guy like myself. It wasn't all that powerful, but was sporty enough for zipping around those curvy, hilly back roads of WV. I even took it hunting a couple of times.
On the other hand, there wasn't enough headroom and 1st gear was way too short - you had to shift to 2nd almost immediately. 2nd was a bit too tall so you couldn't just take off in 2nd and skip 1st though, and this is why I eventually traded it off for what turned out to be possibly the biggest POS I ever owned - a Toyota Corona MKII. But that's another story.
The Corolla had a strange thing. Other Japanese cars had this back then, and I'm still flummoxed by it. There was a little rheostat knob that controlled nothing but the light on the ash tray. Small issue, but what the hell were they thinking? Why didn't they hook it to the rest of the dash lights? You could barely see the light even when it was on full anyhow.
But overall it was a fun car and I remember it fondly.