The ST185 generation Toyota Celica All-Trac was known as the “Super Round shape” version of the high performance version of Toyota’s liftback Celica (1989-1993). It combined a turbocharged 4-cylinder 3S-GTE engine with all-wheel-drive and a 5-speed manual gearbox. With 200 horsepower in the USA version, it won’t be the fastest car you’ve ever driven, but it is a part of Toyota’s rally history and will be a desirable classic someday…if it isn’t already. Find this 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac offered for $7000 in Katy, TX via craigslist. Tip from Graham.
Back when I was in college, I a friend who always drove when we went on a road trip. It wasn’t because he was the best driver or had the biggest or nicest car…no it was much more simple than that. He had the car that would always get us to our destination and back… and his car was a mid 80s Subaru Leone wagon. It didn’t have a turbo or all-wheel-drive like today’s example, but it always got a load of college kids to/from a concert, camping, or wherever college kids needed to go. He sold the car years ago, but I can only assume it is still being used by college kids to get around, or at least I hope it is. Anyway, if you want to make a political statement get a Tesla, but if need a car to get you places, get this 1985 Subaru Leone Turbo AWD offered for $6,000 near Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
In the world of strange car names, this next feature is a doozy. It is a Honda (that looks like a Toyota to my eyes) that is inexplicably called the “Today Humming.” I don’t know what to say. Today Humming, tomorrow Life Dunk…that would be my ideal car stable. Throw in a King Midget for good measure and I’ll be driving my Mazda Proceed Marvie home now. Anyway, today’s Honda Today Humming is equipped with all-wheel-drive and a 660cc 3-cylinder engine and all the JDM right-hand-drive Kei-hatch style you need. Find this 1995 Honda Today Humming offered for $7,400 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Brad.
The Subaru Domingo was a slightly beefier version of the Subaru Sambar kei van. The Domingo (also called the Sumo, Libero, Combi, and Estratto depending on which market it was being sold) shared many of its components and chassis with the Sambar, but it had a larger engine that booted it from keitora (light truck in Japanese) car requirements, but allowed it to drive on the freeway at a reasonable clip and accelerate with traffic. Today’s example is not just powered by a 1.2 liter Subaru EF 3-cylinder that pushes out 66 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it is also equipped with all-wheel-drive. Find this 1993 Subaru Domingo GX AWD offered for $6,500 in Brooklyn, NY via craigslist. Tip from ME.
If you are looking for a small off roader from Japan you probably know about the Toyota Rav4, Subaru Forester, or Honda CR-V…but you probably have never heard of the car-based Nissan 4X4 that beat them to market, looked like a 1/2 scale Hummer and was discontinued in the year 2000 because…I don’t know why, and I don’t know why they never exported them to small SUV crazy America. You can read about the Rasheen here..but only if you can read kanji and kana. Find this 1995 Nissan Rasheen offered for $5300 in Vancouver, BC. Tip from JB1025.
This next tip comes from Matt C who writes: Sure, everyone knows about the Subaru WRX and Lancer EVO. The Celica All-Trac bowed out earlier, but it’s notorious for one of the most epic cheating methods in motorsports. And some rally fans will remember the Mitsubishi Gallant VR4. But how many remember Mazda’s entry? Well, you […]
The Subaru Forester was launched in 2007 as Subaru’s first entry into the (then small, now large) segment known as the crossover SUV, but the Forester was a long way away from being an AMC Eagle. A few years later Subaru put a slightly detuned version of their 2.5 liter turbo motor from the legendary […]
The worst thing about a 2 wheel drive pickup is that they have no traction in the wet…or maybe that is the best thing about a 2WD pickup (depending on how you drive…but I digress). The Ford Courier pickup was actually a Mazda B-series that was available over the years with a number of small […]
If you haven’t gotten hooked on Hoonigan’s YouTube videos yet, it could be for a variety of reasons. Maybe you think the incessant donuts and “scumbag” antics are tiring. Maybe you’re not a 16 year old kid, and can see that their target demographic is someone who can’t yet legally drive. I have to admit I […]
“Ur” is German prefix that in one of it’s meanings is original, primitive or proto-. Such as Ur + shrift (document) is Urshrift or original document. The Audi cognoscenti a few years ago began to refer to the original “small q” quattro of the early 80’s as the Ur-quattro. The Ur-quattro was a ground breaking […]