Tan Texas Toyota: 1982 Toyota Celica GT

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This 1982 Toyota Celica GT is in Keller, Texas, a half-hour north of Fort Worth. It’s listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $3,975 or make an offer.

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The seller says that this car is “All original EVERTHING (sic)- Numbers matching”. It looks like a nice one, this is the first generation Celica with flip-up headlights. In 1984 they would be totally concealed flip-up headlights. The seller goes on to say that it has “Original paint, pin stripe, interior, wheels, spare, EVERYTHING”. “Never any rust, wrecks or dents.”

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This is an A60, third-generation Celica made from 1981 to 1985. It was quite a change from the previous generation design.

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The interior looks great with just a little fraying on the driver’s bolster. The backseat looks perfect as does the headliner and everything else, other than that little fraying on the driver’s seat. Well, I guess the carpet in the hatchback area must have had an acid spill or something, and the seller says that the sunroof doesn’t open, but other than that this thing is a 9 out of 10 on the interior, in my opinion. The “AC works and blows cold.” The underside looks good with no rust, but some oil seepage on the bottom of the engine.

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This is the carburetor version, the 22R, an inline-four with just under 100 hp. In August of 1982 Toyota came out with the fuel-injected 22R-E with a bit over 100 hp. The seller gives a disclaimer about the carb, the “AAP on carb has been bypassed, needs replacement.” And, it has 230,000 miles on it. So, there are a couple of things to fix on this example and maybe some maintenance to be done with that many miles. But, for this price, or less if you make an offer, this could be a great car. Are you a fan of this generation Celica or do you prefer the older models?

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  1. edh


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  2. Blueprint

    Stick shift survivor!

    I need a big brick building too…

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  3. fred w.

    I had an identical one in the late 80’s. Very nice, tight driving sporty car and ultra reliable.

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  4. Fogline

    Did my first e-brake 180 in one of these in high school with a friend driving his mom’s due to the fact he had wrecked his car.

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