Gen1 and gen2 Celicas have become genuine rarities. And the gen3 is quickly heading that way. And that’s despite being as solid and tough and reliable as a sporty coupe ever was. Their drive trains had been used in a gazillion Toyotas of all kinds, including trucks. They were RWD, with a solid rear axle. Now wonder this one looks still so fresh.
I have no idea what the red tape is for on the headlights.
Which of course are hidden, Which flipped back to keep a straight edge, in true 1980’s style. Under its hood beats the immortal 22R 2.4 L four, belting out a mighty 105 hp, thanks to fuel injection.
I’ve grudgingly come to appreciate these, especially in the liftback fastback version, but not nearly to the degree as their predecessor, which was a true stylistic gem, especially so in the coupe version. It’s too blocky, and too formal. And too two-door sedanish.
But it’s certainly a refreshing contrast to most of the
cars vehicles on the street these days, although this happens to be next to another semi-vintage car. You’d think I shot this in 1995, not 2020.