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.
It never fails. I open my big mouth and start gabbering about how “the days of sub $5k classics on craigslist is behind us, we are all going to be leasing electric google-cubes because all the interesting cars are being speculatively purchased/sold on the auction sites that keep popping up…and, lo and behold, the $5k modern classics start flying around the DT tips line like covid19 at a frat party. Leave your solo cups at the door and buy this goldenrod classic before it gets away. Find this 1984 Toyota Celica GT offered for $5500 in Land Park, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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.
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. […]
This next car comes as a tip from JB1025 who writes Pretty cool looking Celica GT awd be fun to drive and not many around in the States i would guess. The Celica GT-Four was available in the US market, but it was discontinued by the time the 6th generation Celica was launched in 1993, […]
Its been a strange recovery from the 2008 automotive crisis. First off, the $1000 drive-able cars that used to litter craigslist/autotrader have all but disappeared, and the bottom of the heap Honda/Toyotas cost $4k. Blame cash for clunkers for a huge number (710,000 by some accounts) reduction in cheap/running/driving cars from the marketplace, followed by […]
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 longitudinal engine and right wheel drive…and […]
The first generation Toyota Celica was built in Japan for world wide consumption from 1970 through 1977 and sold in large quantities as a Japanese downsized antidote to the bloated ‘Merican sports coupes of the day. In 1976 a liftback version was released in North America that resembled a 7/8ths scale Mustang, but regardless the […]
The Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach was an annual Pro/Celebrity race in Toyota street cars that was first run in 1977 and finished when Toyota pulled their HQ out of SoCal in 2018. The race has always had lots of carnage and is typically more fun to watch than the Indy/IRL/ChampCar parade of high-powered […]
Hey, do you remember when Toyota built cool affordable rear-drive sports coupes? Yeah, and do you remember when they weren’t obscenely overpriced due to the Fast & Furious crowd having jobs now? Yeah. Not talking about a Supra. I’m talking about this 1983 Toyota Celica GTS offered for $3,800 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from […]