Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Slushbox Icebox: 1979 Toyota Celica ST

The Toyota Celica first hit US shores in 1971 as the Japanese translation of the Ponycar.  The Celica might not have been powered by fuel thirsty V8s, but the long-hood short-deck styling was perfect for a 7/8th scale Mustang/Camaro/Challenger.  While the first series Celicas certainly borrowed heavily from US styling cues, some might argue that the second generation Celica's (which were penned in the US and carried the model from 1978-1981) began striking their own pose, before the 1982's headed off in a much more unique and angular look. Find this 1979 Toyota Celica ST offered for $5,000 CAD ($3687 USD) in Vancouver, BC via craigslist.  Tip from Jeff H.

The refrigerator white (beige?) Celica ST is exactly the car that US Toyota dealers were selling by the boat loads back in 1979.  It offered something in the 100 horsepower range from a rock solid 2.2 liter 20R inline-4, but it will require some patience getting to speed with that slushbox and the AC cranked on high, but this one has only 38,000 original kilometers on the odo and seems like a great deal for someone who doesn't mind a slow ride.

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