Friday, December 18, 2015

IMSA GTO Champion: 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo

It never fails...I find an interesting example of a car, write it up...and another, slightly better example, pops up.  The previously featured ST165 generation Celica wasn't a bad example, but it did have aftermarket wheels, a minor engine change, and was NOT one of the rare IMSA GTO Champion versions.  Find this 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo IMSA GTO Champion version, offered for $4,995 via autotrader.

The ST165 generation All-Trac turbo was released in 1987 as a 1988 model year, but the first 77 cars were sold (one each) at Toyota dealers in California with the little IMSA GTO Champion badge on the side.  They were only available with a white exterior and blue interior -- and someday in the future these should be the most collectible Celica on the market.  Someday...

The IMSA GTO Champion decal didn't add any horsepower to the 182 in the basic 3S-GTE turbocharged 4-banger equipped Celica Turbo, and most people will assume you just pasted it on yourself...but it is a cool piece of flair for the Japanese car fan.

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  1. That's great. Tidy in and out. I had a bit of a thing for these back in the day.

    What happened to the sports-hatchback as a category? It's my favourite type of car. Two comfortable seats, a rear seat that is useable for occasional passengers or children, a recent sized trunk that can be made huge by folding the seats down. Good handling, and, for something like this in its day, really a lot of power.

    I like the GT86/FRS/BRZ, but both the rear seat and the trunk are too small, and even with the rear seat folded, that tiny trunk lid really limits what you can use it for.

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    2. Yeah, my take on the FR-S was more or less that.

      It's a great platform for a 21st-century E30/510/Giulia. Sedan, hatchback, wagon, whole family.

      So...where are they?


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