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Convertible Cruiser: 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S

In current times, Toyota’s name is synonymous with dependable and practical commuter vehicles. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, the company offered a plethora of front-engine, rear-wheel-drive cars that were both reliable and sporty. The third-generation A60 Celica was the last generation of the model available with an FR layout, making this 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S Convertible that’s available here on eBay an appealing choice for a summer cruiser.

This RA65 is available in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a clean title. The seller has owned the vehicle for the past 6 years, and they note that this is an all-original example with a perfect CarFax report and no accident history.

Toyota and American Sunroof Company (ASC) collaborated to create this convertible, with just under 2,500 manufactured for the 1985 model year. Despite being located in sunny Florida, the Torch Red exterior paint doesn’t have any fade. The seller describes the shape of the top as “fair,” which may present issues later down the line when considering that ASC closed its doors in 2017, but every other aspect of the exterior is magnificent.

The interior includes various options, such as air conditioning, power locks, power windows, and sport seats. While the seller claims the interior could use a good detail, everything is original and should clean up nicely.

Under the hood, you’ll find a fuel-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which pairs to an automatic transmission to drive the rear wheels. There are only 49,112 miles on the drivetrain, which means there is plenty of life left in it, but the seller notes that it could use a minor tuneup and fluid flush before seeing regular use.

At the time of publication, bidding is at $4,550 with no reserve. Would you want this convertible Celica as a cruiser on sunny days?

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Bakyrdhero Member

    Nice car, I’ve always been a fan of these. I just looked it up and these were selling for $5-7k more than a Mustang conv. when new. That was substantial in 1985. $17k for this and & $10-12k for the Mustang.

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  2. Avatar photo Moncton(was Winnipeg)carnut Member

    A 5 speed one, same colour, just sold on BaT this week. Surprised to see another so soon.
    I would think the top might not be too much trouble to source from a good shop. As long as the moving parts all work a new top could be fabricated to fit.

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    • Avatar photo DayDreamBeliever

      Looked at this and thought: I’d love to have that.

      Saw that it is an automatic, and decided: Nah, it’d have to be a stick. I’ll wait.

      Read your comment and realized: I won’t be buying the car I’d like anytime soon, if ever.

      Ahh well….

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  3. Avatar photo Cooter914 Member

    ASC is still around. They call themselves American Specialty Cars now.

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  4. Avatar photo sparkster

    My girlfriend back in 85′ bought a new Celica GTS coupe , black in color. A little over $14,000 sticker price. Five speed stick shift. She had never driven a stick in her life, but wanted this car. She bought it and I asked her if she wanted me to drive it to her house. N O P E was her response. What a blast to drive. great looking car.

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  5. Avatar photo Car Nut Tacoma

    Beautiful looking car. I remember when the Toyota Celica looked like this. I was disappointed when Toyota switched to Front-wheel drive for the Celica. I was afraid they would do the same with the Supra. Thank god they didn’t. This has always been my favourite generation Celica, with the exception of the first gen (1972-77) Celica

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  6. Avatar photo peter r

    Sold for $5500 I think that was a bargain

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    • Avatar photo emilio mendez

      Buyer never showed up! I am the owner of this 85 Celica so if anyone is interested contact me at 3059223432, thanks!

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      • Avatar photo DayDreamBeliever

        Wishing you well, Emilio.

        Bummer when bidders are jerks and don’t follow through with their end. If it was a stick shift…….

        But you’ll find someone who recognizes the cool factor, and is good with the automatic transmission.

        GLWS!

        Edit: Your relisted auction was ended, so you found the right person. Good!

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