10k: Fast Flipping: 1973 Toyota Celica ST

This next feature is the only thing that flips faster than a Reliant Robin.  It may be listed as “one owner” by the current seller, but its been through two different middle men and when the electrons hit the block, it’ll be on its fourth.  In the course of a week its gone from little old lady maintained classic to just another aging classic.  I wouldn’t pay a premium for that…would you?  Find this 1973 Toyota Celica ST offered here on eBay located in Oregon City, Oregon.

This Celica was purchased new in 1973 and driven regularly through about 1983.  Then it sat for a few years and then brought back into action in the late 1990s.  The original buyer passed away in May of 2014 (she was 78) and the car sat until Nov 9th when it was sold as part of the Estate. The new buyer sold it to the current seller on Nov 12th and now (a month later) he is flipping it to the next guy.  What is wrong with these people? Doesn’t anybody like to actually drive/own cool old lady owned cars?  Or is everybody some kind of ruthless capitalist junker baron who’d just as soon sell his mother into slavery and take the bus.  Get a job people, a real job and let some poor college dropout pickup these cars for cheap and enjoy them. 

This ’73 ST is powered by Toyota’s 2.0-liter 18R inline-4 which is good for 105 horsepower and 107 ft-lbs of torque.  Power goes to a 4-speed manual gearbox and to the rear wheels for a proper driving experience.  This car might need some sorting from sitting before it is ready for your daily commute, but it should provide many years of fun.  But…the price is nuts.  This is an original example, but you can probably pick up tastefully upgraded versions with newer wear components for much less.  Is this old lady flipped example really worth a premium?

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