The 2nd generation Toyota Celica released in 1985 on an all new transverse front-wheel-drive platform (previous generations dating back to 1970 were rear-wheel-drive). The new Celica was more refined than the previous version and a new 2.0 liter engine promised more performance, but it wasn’t until the release of the GT-S version (ST162) with 135 horsepower from its 3S-GE DOHC inline-4 that performance was improved over the previous Celica. With the GTS you also got disc brakes at all four corners and 5-lug wheels…but not a turbo or all-wheel-drive (for that you had to pony up to the Turbo All-Trac GT-Four version). Find this 1989 Toyota Celica GTS offered for $5900 in Watsonville, CA via craigslist.
The days when sub $5k classics littered craigslist is just about gone. You can’t hardly find anything that is below $5k and has a manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, fun, and isn’t a total basket case. One owner? HAH, for less than $5k you just hope the last owner didn’t turn the car into a crack den. Classic? Forget anything fun from the 60s, and even things from the 90s have started to appreciated…so you have to dig deep and head for the mid 80s and learn how to fix pop-up headlight mechanisms. Find this 1984 Toyota Celica GTS offered for $4350 in Burbank, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.