5k: Rarely Seen: 1985 Toyota Celica GTS Convertible

The 3rd generation (internally called A60) Celica was the final rear-drive chassis to
use Toyota’s Celica name.  The next generation used a transverse front-drive setup that has become a de facto standard for economy cars, but up through 1985 you could get a Celica from the factory with a longintudinal engine and right wheel drive.  The A60 generation also added rack-and-pinion steering for the first
time and ASC (American Specialty Cars) were nice enough to modify about 5,000 of the coupe versions into a decent looking drop top.   Find this 1985 Toyota Celica GTS Convertible offered for $5,700 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The GTS convertible was the result of American demand for fun in the sun motoring.  The Japanese factory could not justify re-tooling for a convertible version, so Toyota USA contracted with ASC to lop off the roof and add a canvas top.  The result was a car with slightly less torsional rigidity but considerably more wind in your hair.

Powering the GTS is a 22R-E inline-4, rated at 114 horsepower and 140 ft-lbs of torque.  The 2.4 liter engine was one of the biggest available in its class and produced tractor-like torque that gave better acceleration than the power figures would indicate.  Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 2500 lb Celica be a decent driver.

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