Calling all Carinas: Toyota's on the search to find UK's oldest

Toyota's British-built Carina
Toyota has launched a nationwide search to find the oldest British-built Carina still in daily use.

The first Toyota Carina rolled off the production line at the Japanese firm's Burnaston factory, Derbyshire, in December 1992 and was the first Toyota to be built in the UK.
Some 17,000 Carinas were built there until production halted in 1997 to make way for its replacement, the Toyota Avensis.

Two decades on, Toyota GB is launching a competition to find the oldest Carina still on Britain's roads. The firm is using Twitter, Facebook and good old emailing to track down the oldest examples.

Owners are being asked to email their name, address and as many details about their Carina to

Owners of the oldest examples will be invited to tell their car's story and have it photographed, and will have the chance to win the use of a new Toyota Auris for a week.

Meanwhile Toyota enthusiasts are being asked to spot the oldest Carinas either by posting pictures on Toyota GB's Facebook page, or by tweeting using the hashtag #firstGBToyota.

Unsure of whether your Carina is a British one?

The 17-character code on the vehicle's identification plate – found under the bonnet, just below the windscreen wipers – will help. If the code begins with an S, your's is a Burnaston-built vehicle, while J signifies imported Carinas.
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