Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10k: 50 Shades of Beige: 1991 Toyota Camry Wagon V20

Just the thought of a white slushbox equipped Toyota Camry will cause many seasoned gearheads to instinctively flinch, but what if the Camry was almost 25 years old and a long-roof version?  Can the wagon gods bring some excitement to the life of drudgery associated with the ultimate driven machine?  Find this 1991 Toyota Camry Wagon V20 offered for $8,950 buy-it-now or make offer on eBay, located in Feasterville-Trevose, PA with 11 days to go.

This is not an All-Trac version like the last longroof Camry we posted, but with the inline-4 and front drive instead of V6 AWD, it is probably faster and more lively to drive...but you aren't driving this car because it hugs curves like an MX-5.  You drive this car because you can throw a bag full of soccer balls and toxic smelling shin guards in the back.  You can fit three kids and their full hockey pads, plus sticks in the back without having to do the hockey stick shuffle each time you open the trunk.  (I once got a hockey stick stuck in the back of a Subaru sedan and I thought it was never going to come out without pulling a King Solomon on that baby.) 

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter 16 valve fuel injector engine good for 115 horsepower and 125 ft-lbs of torque.  Unfortunately it is mated to a 4 speed slushbox that will suck most of the fun out of driving, but then you didn't expect this car to be fun...did you?

Peruse a few more pictures and  you get the message from the seller -- this is a really nice condition Camry wagon...but the price...eck.  If you buy this and drive it around as your daily driver, 10 years later it'll have 150k miles on it and look like every other $500 Camry littering craigslist.  Do you buy it and only drive it on the weekends, hoping that you'll be able to sell it for more in a few years?  The biggest problem with this car is that it is at a dealer who sees dollar signs -- the time to buy this car would have been from the previous seller who probably traded it in for a $1500 credit on a new Kia. For $1500 this car would be perfect to drive around as-is...for $ becomes worthless.

See another preserved pile of mush from the early 90s?

Hat tip to Frosted The Boxy Car Guy on oppositelock.


  1. I can see why minivans took most of the market share from things like this.

  2. The Japanese have long had a hard time building a decent-looking wagon, they always end up with some weird shapes in there somewhere. This one wasn't bad by Japanese standards.

    Needs a 3S-GTE or a 3S-GE BEAMS motor and one of the Japanese-market Celica SSIII limited-slip transaxles.

    1. As the owner of a fleet of RWD Volvo wagons, this car offends neither the dimensional nor proportional senses.

      Re: the Japanese not knowing how to build a decent looking wagon, for the most part I concur albeit with two exceptions in recent memory: the '05-'08 Legacy (non-Outback) and the '02 - '08 Mazda 6 wagon.

    2. Even when they build a good looking one like the Mazda 6, they don't sell because the market isn't expecting to find them on a NiMazToy or Kiaundai lot. Thankfully Volvo hasn't given up. I don't know what its going to take to get decent wagons back. I was really hoping that The Opel/Vauxhall/Holden would make it here as a Buick Sportwagon!

      Perhaps if the Chevy SS sells they could bring the OPC Opel Insignia Estate here as a Cadillac ATS variant. There is pent up demand for wagons, but we're such a small group and we're so used to picking over the used market for our wagon fixes that we're ignored.

      So, re-powered Volvo/Merc Wagons will remain our only fix. Did the Yoshi-Fab LS1 V-Wagon deal stay

    3. Fleetwood T. BroughamOctober 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Don't forget the last-gen Acura TSX wagon. Other than the stupid corporate beak, it was a nice design IMHO.

  3. These guys are high on something. This is nowhere near $9K worth of car here. Just sold my identical year and color sedan for $700. Sure it had another 100K on it, but that doesn't make up for $8300.


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