CC Capsule: 1985 Toyota Celica Convertible by ASC – The Second Celica Convertible

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In a variation of the CC Effect, Dave Skinner’s post on the Celica Sunchaser reminded me of this Celica Convertible I shot a couple of years ago in front of one of my rentals. Whereas the first was by Griffith, the second time around Toyota picked ASC, perhaps because the Griffith conversion wasn’t very high quality. And unlike the Sunchaser, which used a targa roof, this ASC conversion is a true convertible.

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The Celica Convertible was only available on the high-line GT-S version, which added almost everything to make the Celica sportier except more actual power. The 2.4 L 22R-E did have fuel injection by this time, and power was up to 112 hp for 1985. But this was of course the same engine used in millions of Toyota pickups, and was all about torque and not about a sporty top end. And except for the plastic timing chain guides breaking, are of course legendarily durable.

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200 of these Celica Convertibles were sold in 1984, and 4,248 in 1985; about twice as many as the Sunchaser. Needless to say, this one has been better kept up than the Sunchaser found by Dave in LA. The top looks to be of quite high quality fabric, and still in very good shape. And except for that plastic bag stuck in between the front and rear side windows, the convertible conversion seems to be all-round more durable. That probably explains why Toyota went with ASC the second time around.

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