5k: Fun In The Sun: 1981 Toyota Celica Sunchaser Convertible

The 2nd generation Celica was great little rear-drive coupe from the makers of our favorite appliances, Toyota.  It was built in Japan from 1978 to 1981 as a 2 door coupe or 3 door
liftback, but the US dealers demanded a convertible version. The Griffith Company hacked off
the roof and installed a targa-style top with folding rear convertible
back to roughly 2000 examples to make the Sunchaser.  Find this 1981 Toyota Celica Sunchaser Convertible offered for $3,900 CAD ($3,208 USD) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada via kijiji.ca.  Tip from JJ.

The Sunchaser versions started out as coupes (ST or GT) and were sold through the US Toyota dealers with a complete warranty.  Good luck finding a new targa top if it is missing or damaged because
they are made from pure grade 100% automotive unobtanium.  

Power in this Celica comes from a Toyota 22R 2.4 liter 4-banger that pushes out 96 horsepower into a 4-speed automatic (the pre ’81 cars had a 3-speed, but the slushbox picked up an extra gear in ’81).

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