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No Reserve Survivor: 1993 Toyota Celica GT Convertible

This 1993 Toyota Celica GT convertible is a nicely presented driver-grade specimen of a car that used to be everywhere but is hard to come by today. Sporting period style in spades, with its pop up headlights and wrap-around taillights, the fourth-generation Celica was, in some ways, the final hurrah for a car that had dominated the 1980s and 90s sport compact scene. This is the secretary’s version of that car, equipped with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder and automatic transmission, but it’s still one of the best looking convertibles on the road. Find it here on eBay with bidding up to $2,200 and no reserve.

I’m not sure why this era of Celica hasn’t survived at a higher rate, because they weren’t terribly prone to rust like older models of the Celica and Supra lineup. The body on this car looks quite clean despite residing in the Northeast, with the correct wheels for a lower-spec GT trim, and factory mudflaps that still retain most of their color-matched paint. Toyota was painting mudflaps quite frequently at this point in time, a look that thankfully never caught on. The Celica features a black soft top in tear-free condition, and the paint still presents quite well, broken up only by the taillight panel and black trim on the nose section.

The interior is fairly typical for a Japanese car of this era, with gray plastics and upholstery every where you looked. The automatic transmission handle was one of the more unattractive features of early 90s Japanese cars, standing at attention and announcing to the world that your Celica didn’t have three pedals. The good news is the interior appears to remain in excellent condition, not always possible for a car designed to have its top down most of the year. The mileage is just a tick over 100,000, so with that in mind, the impressive cosmetic condition only becomes more so. The air conditioning is said to work well.

A sign of a good owner is a preventative timing belt change, and according to the seller, it was just recently done at 100,000 miles. While we all tend to swoon for the hood-scoop equipped turbocharged Celica coupe, a convertible really is one of those cars that’s more fun without the temptation to drive flat-out. After a summer with a 1999 BMW M3 convertible, I’m more convinced than ever that if you want to go fast, buy a hardtop; if you want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, buy a convertible with outright speed a secondary consideration. This Celica seems poised to go cheaply, and if the condition is as good in person as it appears in photos, that seems like a potential bargain to me.


  1. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    Very nice, even with the automatic.

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    Scotty Kilmer’s choice of Toyota Celica. This would make a very nice driver for not much coin you could daily drive and would be sure to appreciate in value. One of the few collector cars you could actually put 300K miles on it….still run and would still be worth something.

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  3. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    Over $4G’s with a day to go…..

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