Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Red 5-Speed: 1985 Toyota Celica GTS

The 3rd generation (internally called A60) Celica was the final rear-drive chassis to use Toyota's Celica name.  The next generation used a transverse front-drive setup that has become a de facto standard for economy cars, but up through 1985 you could get a Celica from the factory with a longitudinal engine and right wheel drive...and that is better than a poke in the eye. Find this 1985 Toyota Celica GTS offered for $7,500 in Ft Myers, CO via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1985 toyota celica gt-s
VIN: JT2RA65C2F4059328
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 56900
paint color: red
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
Last Year of the Rear Wheel Drive Celicas (Gen 3)
Excellent as a collectible or really nice daily driver.

LEATHER ! Cruise Control, Cold AC

56,900 miles

GTS, 5 speed - 22RE engine


I've driven this car around town and on short road trips to Naples and Sarasota. I have another 85 GTS that I drive daily and can't bring myself to add miles to this exceptional specimen of a Gen 3 coupe.
This car drives strong, runs great, would have no problem driving this car cross country (it is a toyota :-) )

The paint and leather are NOT original but the paint is good and color code correct and the leather is outstanding high quality.

All the equipment is original. The tape deck stopped working while I was using it. I have the original radio/eq/deck from my other 85 available.

No Rust except one spot at the trim mount screw, right rear qtr panel (see pic)

This is one of 4 celicas I had to move out of a warehouse and now under cover in my driveway. I drive the others regularly, This one is by far the cleanest, nicest one and deserves the right home. I had it listed for $10k +/- off and on last year. Priced to sell this time.

** Love the MR2 tail on the other 85 so much I bought one for this car, never put it on (not OEM for the car) but its available if you agree it looks like it belongs.

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  1. Yep. I'd been lusting after this at his $10k price here in Tampa but wasn't going to dig that deep. Then I bought an Abarth for his ask on this. And to be honest, I don't know which is better ...

    1. Yeah, $10k is a bit much for an 80s Celica that would have sold for $5k one decade ago...but you won't find many around with only 56k miles on the odo. Drive it sparingly and it'll be worth more in the future. Or pile on the miles and enjoy the ride!

    2. I agree with Vince on the almost certain value appreciation for this car. One look the market for clean 80's Toyotas, in California at least, shows that they are definitely climbing.
      Having said that, an Abarth is undoubtedly the more entertaining car by every measure, but it'll be a good while before their values start their own upswing.


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