Wednesday, December 31, 2014

5k: Elemental Fun: 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S Convertible

The A60 generation Celica (1982-1985) was the final rear-wheel-drive version of Toyota's legendary pony car competitor.  Toyota never built a factory ragtop version of the A60, but a number bound for the US market were modified by California based American Specialty Cars (ASC) to provide open air fun.  Find this 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S Convertible offered here on craigslist for $5,500 in Yuma, AZ.  Tip from FuelTruck.

ASC modified about 5000 of the notchback Celicas for the 1984/1985 model years, all of them the peppy 22R powered GT-S model.  Expect 114 horsepower and 140 ft-lbs of torque for your fun in the sun experience.  The 2.4 liter engine was one of the biggest available in its class and produced tractor-like torque that gave better acceleration than the power figures would indicate.  Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 2500 lb Celica be a decent driver.

This example has 88k miles on the odometer and looks in great shape inside and out.  Toyota build some seriously well oiled machines in this era, and as long as it hasn't seen too much salt, or been stored in a damp barn, it should be good for many more miles.

See another way to enjoy 80s fun in the sun without breaking the bank?


  1. I don't know about how well they work, but ASC sure made these look good with the top down. No interrupted lines. Plus the parade cap cleans it up even better.

  2. Between the dash cover embroidered with the name "Beverley", the remnants of a bumper sticker soliciting grandchildren inquiries, and the background of rv's, this has to be one of the few fabled little old ladies' cars. Oh God, I wish I had the lucre available to jump on this creampuff.

  3. Difficult to find a better daily driver convertible anywhere for the money, MPG, and dependability. I call it a steal if it is as appears.

  4. Check out this car's decidedly much worse off twin , same price, over double the mileage and probably four times the abuse.

    1. Holy crap, Los Angeles is lousy with these things.

  5. Nice cruiser, I guess, but for real driving you lose too much structure when you cut the top off.

    Would rather spend that money on a nice similar-vintage Supra with the roof intact.

    If anyone's a Toyota stats expert, let me know how many 6-speed MkIV Supra Turbos were sold in the US *without* the removable roof.

    1. mrkwong -- according to a total of 326 of 6-speed TT left the factory without a "sport roof." Good luck finding one that hasn't been wrapped around a pole by a wrestler's son or isn't covered in a hideous body kit. If you find it, prepare for sticker shock.


    2. A website dedicated to finding all of the hardtop MkIVs.

    3. I would have figured the number a bit higher than that. Okay, I can go back to shopping Ferrari 400s with SBCs then....


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