No Reserve Driver: 1994 Toyota Celica GT

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Here’s a car you don’t see in this sort of condition often: a 1994 Toyota Celica GT, with only 63,475 miles and looking every part of a survivor. This isn’t even the top-shelf spec, making it all the more amazing it somehow landed with owners that treated it like something far more exotic. A vintage Celica has been on my mind lately, and while I like the older models, it’s hard to fault a car this nice. Find it here on eBay with bidding over $3K and no reserve.

Reception for this sixth-generation Celica was generally favorable, even if it ended the era of four-wheel drive, turbocharged Celicas devouring WRC trails around the world. Toyota proved its mettle on the rally stages with multiple generations of the Celica, including this one, but chose to go a more sedate path for the consumer version in the U.S., not offering the turbocharged madness that defined previous Celica generations.

Truth be told, one of the cars from the large Georgia collection we’ve listed here as a Barn Finds Exclusive that keeps grabbing my eye is an ’85 Celica GT-S notchback. It hails from the era when Celicas and Supras were rear-wheel drive and wore big flares with chunky wheels. This later Celica is far less interesting style-wise than those early cars, but its low mileage and impressive cosmetic condition makes up for it.

The engines in the base-spec Celicas and Supras were always far from exotic, and this 2200R is no different. Utilitarian at best, the four-cylinder provided acceptable scoot with decent fuel economy but was never known for delivering great driving dynamics. Still, neither was the Celica’s contemporary the 240SX, and plenty of people still fawn over that car today. With low miles and the preferred manual gearbox, this Celica is a unicorn that can be enjoyed daily.

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  1. Sean

    There’s no such thing as a 2200R engine. The engine is a 5SFE, which has no relationship to the 22RE, other than being produced by Toyota.

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  2. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    For sure, this is one cool DD. Modern enough to not seem stale, or from the “Blah” period, and certainly clean. As I read the eBay listing, my immediate concern about the cam belt was laid to rest. One of my family members doesn’t like the “bean” look of the front of these cars, but I don’t mind at all.

    Unfortunately, someone will want this more than I do, and the price will get out of hand before the two and a half days left in the auction have passed.

    If it were the GT-S AWD Turbo variant, it’d already be out of reach, and climbing.

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    • John T.

      Auction Ended Early, SOLD for the “No Haggle” Buy-It-Now Price $5,700. Somebody wanted it badly.

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  3. Ralph

    I would be all over this if I was an overweight unmarried 41 year old woman living in a condo with 4 cats and an extensive Precious Moments collection…….

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    • DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

      Nah, you’d have to see an automatic in the car, so this one would not qualify.

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  4. Bakyrdhero

    Can’t believe this is old enough for antique plates already. (Massachusetts) these were everywhere once upon a time. Nice find

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  5. James Shaw

    My Sister had one I used to drive, loved when you jumped on it going over a hump in the road and go airborn from the turbos kicking in, she sold it after owning it for over 10 years getting almost double what she paid for it new. Super car, super fast ( The local Sheriffs office had a single turbine model and just loved to pull me over, begging me to break the law so they could confiscate it lol )

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