Monday, March 9, 2015

5k: Wings Up: 1990 Toyota Sera

The Toyota Sera  was a Japanese market only 2+2 built on the compact Paseo platform from 1990-1996, which would be an otherwise completely forgettable front-drive penalty box except for its gullwing doors and JDM exclusivity.  Find this 1990 Toyota Sera offered for $7,100 near Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Johnny.


With the doors closed and your econobox blinders on you'd probably drive or walk right past a Toyota Sera -- it does look like a Paseo or Tercel from the early 1990s.  But the minute you pop those doors and show off that right hand drive, you'll have JDM fans boys all over you like you are offering free hair gel.


The Sera is powered by a 1.5 liter inline four, the 5E-FHE, good for around 100 horsepower and 90ish ft-lbs of torque. In this car it is mated to a four speed auto, but it was also available with a 5-speed fun box.


Squeezing out of tight parking spaces is at the same time easy and strangely frustrating in a gull-wing equipped car, and forget about parking in covered garage with low headroom. 


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6 comments:

  1. This would be so much cooler with a drivetrain like the Suzuki Cappucino has. Rare bird for sure though!

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  2. The perfect car for those who think the Subaru SVX isn't weird enough.

    And, hey, it's old enough for the 25-year NHTSA exemption!

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  3. The perfect car for those who think the Subaru SVX isn't weird enough.

    And, hey, it's old enough for the 25-year NHTSA exemption!

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  4. Star of the new low action movie - Gone in 600 seconds- LENORE

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  5. I'm fairly positive this is our old friend Jason. His VW Phoenix was featured here on DT not too long ago. I can't imagine how many Sera are in the States...2 or 3 maybe? Who knows. This is an absolute steal at the asking price. You get an exotic car that will be so simple to maintain that an armless, legless monkey with a lisp named Binky could do it.

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  6. Closer to Vancouver BC then Seattle !

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