Friday, October 11, 2013

10k: Black Beauty: 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback


The first generation Toyota Celica was built from 1970 through 1977 and sold in large quantities as a competitor to the bloated domestic muscle cars of the day.  The Celica was the Japanese pony car to get back in the '70s, and the liftback version resembled a 7/8ths scale Mustang.  Find this 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback 5-spd for sale in New Castle, DE for $9,500 via ebay with a few hours to go.


This Celica GT liftback is extremely clean for a 36 year old classic and has a remarkably low 74k original miles.  This car is a market leader and should sell for well above the average first generation Celica price.


Power comes from a 2.2 liter Toyota 20R engine that puts out 117 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox and into the rear wheels via a solid rear axle. These cars are pretty basic, but that's part of the appeal.


The interior looks to be in good condition - but no word on the crackedness (or not) of the dash under the cover. At least the genuine simu-wood looks intact!


This is likely all the money for a '77 Celica in today's market, but if the end goal is a showroom fresh Liftback the question to ask is: would you come out ahead by buying a basket case and dumping money into restoration, or buying this minter and enjoying it?

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10 comments:

  1. Wow. That looks shockingly original. Did these have alloys from the factory? They look like the ones I remember from the early 80's rounded Celicas.
    How the hell did this end up at a Toyota dealership?
    I hate to say it but for $9500 reserve not met yet I don't think I'd go for it.

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    1. Having sold Toyota's as new cars in 1977, I can tell you that those wheels are factory issue. The combination of those wheels and the black color was the hottest combo they had in 1977 for a Celica GT Fastback.

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    2. Thanks! I couldn't remember. I lusted over these when I was a kid but the memory banks are failing.

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  2. Dealer web site lists a "special" internet price of nearly $14K. No, that's not a joke. They are really asking $14K for this. While it has a lot of cool factor, I'd question spending half that.

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    1. As was the trend with most high demand, relatively low volume Japanese cars from the '70s offered by U.S. autodealers, the current price is $7K for the car, but an additional $7K for the dealer installed rear window sun shade and TrimLine installed pinstripes and sidemolding; and no..they don't come without the dealer added options.

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    2. Wow, that brings back some pretty ugly memories. I recall that sort of behavior too - all the pre-added crap (read: additional dealer profit) at an obnoxious premium. Because they could. And people bought their cars anyway. Because the American offerings at the time really did suck that badly.

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    3. You hit it on the head regarding the American cars. The Japanese cars (just like the current South Korean products) improved dramatically over a very short period of time, taking the Yen right with it. Fortunately (for them) their products improved at a faster rate than their currency's inflation (relative to the US$). From another perspective, the US economy's "stagflation" was almost the final nail in the coffin of the US Auto Industry.

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  3. did it sell??? how much?? anyone know???

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  4. I want one and have since 1977....but I choose the Mazda Rx7 GSL-SE cause I could never find one of these celicas...:(

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  5. I had one too, they looked nice very underpowered though.

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