CC Capsule: 1991 Toyota Celica Convertible – Remember When Toyotas Were Sporty?

The fifth-generation Toyota Celica, while retaining the grille and pop-up headlights of its immediate predecessor, showcased a new organic design language that appeared on the Previa minivan the same year, and the Camry for 1992, ultimately appearing on the entire Toyota lineup.

While the fourth generation Celica was also sleek, it displayed a much more angular profile. With the 1990 model, a very smooth, rounded appearance was apparent from every angle. US-market Celicas were initially available in ST, GT and GT-S coupes, but starting in August of 1990, a convertible became available. Built by American Sunroof Corporation (ASC) in the States, it came in a GT model, utilizing the 5S-FE inline four.

All Celicas received a driver’s side airbag. The base ST model received the 4A-FE 1.6L engine, while the uplevel GT and GT-S received the 5S-FE 2.2L four cylinder engine. The GT was good for 130 horsepower, while the GT-S version got an extra 5 hp. Transmission choices included a five speed manual or four speed automatic.

I always thought these Celicas were pretty attractive, but hadn’t seen one in a long time. I was surprised to see a rare convertible version show up on a car lot known for having pretty cool old cars in stock. Normally I don’t care for aftermarket wheels, but these are pretty nice looking. This would make a nice summer cruiser for somebody but that ‘Fast and Furious’ exhaust tip has gotta go.