Monday, April 11, 2016

Auction Watch: 1988 Toyota Celia All-Trac Turbo

Take a look at this 1988 Toyota Celia All-Trac Turbo here on eBay in with auction ending today (Monday) at 11:22AM PST.

From eBay listing:

Item specifics

Condition: Used
Seller Notes: Condition of this Celica is overall good. Tires are close to 90 percent tread remaining. Paint has the normal rock chips and one area of about one half inch square that is flaking on the moon roof. There is one parking lot ding on the passenger door that is one half an inch across. Inside the black leather is 90 percent ok but has wear on the driver's seat and steering wheel as well as the top of the rear seats. The controls all work but the ac needs a recharge it is still using R12. The engine and drive train are original with the timing belt being replaced at 80k miles. This car does a great job on slick roads and has been a pleasure to drive. I have owned it since 1991. It has good economy getting about 25 to 30 mpg. The fold down rear seats really help out when you need more cargo space.

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): JT2ST68M7J0005698 Year: 1988
Transmission: Manual Make: Toyota
Body Type: Hatchback Model:


Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty Trim: Leather with ergonomic seat adjustments
Vehicle Title: Clear Engine: 3SGTE
Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Cassette Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof Drive Type: 4WD
Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes Mileage: 110,230
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows Sub Model: All-Trac,turbo
Fuel Type: Gasoline Exterior Color: Red
For Sale By: Private Seller Interior Color: Black
Disability Equipped: No Number of Cylinders: 4


  1. A Toyota from the era when Toyota material quality was something special, even if the chassis design on these wasn't anything spectacular.

    1. What's your take on the (5th) generation of Celica that came after this one? I've been kicking around the idea of picking up a cheap early-90s version. Are they of similar quality? Any common red flags to look for?

  2. I find the ST162 (FWD) ST165 (AWD) to be more attractive than the later ST184 (US FWD) ST185 (AWD).

    But the later ones are equally well-made, the chassis are a little better, the interiors are a little better, but there's no hatchback.

    The 5S-FE engine was a 2.2-liter 130HP grunt-motor, good enough. The AWD cars had the 3S-GTE; the 3S-GE family was a Yamaha-designed 2-liter family that in ST162 NA form had minimal torque, it was eventually developed into some pretty special engines. The 3S-GTE in ST185 form did fine.

    I have an ST162 GT-S and a 200HP JDM 3S-GE BEAMS powertrain with helical LSD S54 transaxle waiting to be put together. Being able to keep it after the next smog check 20 months from now will be a fair cosmetic exercise, since as far as the good (hah) state of California is concerned the JDM motor can NEVER be legal. I have certain ideas and certain plans.

    1. Thanks for the info and good luck with your ideas and plans. I do like the ST162 cars as well, but the ST184 is a little more plentiful and easier to find... and cheap. I see them for $2K and under with higher miles. I would opt for cheap and higher mile because it would just be another toy and not a daily commuter. At $1000-$1500 it's practically disposable.

      I think they were available as a hatchback. Well Toyota called it a liftback, but I think it's the same thing. I'd be looking for a GT-S to get the 2.2L, "widebody" flared fenders, and the liftback. Probably only FWD for me, because I don't want to pony up the extra for AWD. I'd never need it.

      If I do pull the trigger on one I'll let you know. But before I do I'll probably get distracted with some other car that I don't need.


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