The first generation Toyota Corolla was sold in Japan from 1966 to 1970. It came to the U.S. market in 1968 at a retail price of $1,700. It was sold as a sedan, wagon, or hardtop with a small I4 engine.
The second generation E20 was sold from 1970 until 1978. In the United States, it was sold from 1971 through 1974. It had a 102 horsepower engine that offered an excellent power to weight ratio for its time. The SR5 was a sportier hardtop version of the American Toyota Corolla.
The third generation Corolla was sold from 1975 to 1979 in the United States. It was not well-received by the press due to its excessive weight and poor rear suspension. It also did not have the fuel economy of its competitors.
The fourth generation Corolla was sold from 1979 to 1983 in the U.S. It would be the last generation to have rear wheel drive on all models. Body types included coupe, sedan, wagon, liftback, and van.
The fifth generation Corolla was sold from 1983 through 1987. These were probably the most successful Corolla models as far as sales go, with 3.3 million of them selling worldwide. Front wheel drive was introduced on the sedan and hatchback, while 4 wheel drive was used on the station wagon, and rear wheel drive was still used on the coupe and 3 door hatchback.
The sixth generation E90 Corolla was the first with all models using front wheel drive. These models were sold from 1988 until 1992 in the U.S. The trim lines included base, XL, GL, SE, and the SE Limited.
The seventh generation Corolla was sold in North America from 1993 through 1997. Trim lines included DX, LE, and wagon.
The eight gen Corolla was sold from 1998 thru 2002. By now, all Corolla models were built in North America, either in California or in Canada. Trim lines were VE, CE, and LE, with a Touring Package available as an option with the CE and LE.
The ninth generation Corolla was sold from 2003 thru 2008 with CE, S, and LE trim levels. Side airbags and antilock brakes were options on these cars, but they still are not common. There is a special 20th anniversary edition of the 2008 Toyota Corolla that is basically a trim on the CE model.
The tenth generation Corolla goes on sale for the 2009 model year. The trim lines in the U.S. are the standard, LE, XLE, S, and XRS.
With millions of Corollas made in the past few decades, it shouldn't be too hard to find a decent used one. It's really just a matter of figuring out which generation you want. There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of used Toyota Corollas listed on eBay at any given time. There are also lots of parts being sold on there.