Pick of the Day: 1980 Toyota Celica GT liftback


After over 4 a long time, the unique proprietor of an unmodified Japanese sports activities coupe is able to lastly half methods.

The Choose of the Day is a 1980 Toyota Celica GT liftback listed on the market on ClassicCars.com by a personal vendor in Bellingham, Washington. (Click on the hyperlink to view the itemizing)

“I’m the unique proprietor and promoting my 1980 Toyota Celica GT L/B 5-speed with the two.2-liter 20R 4-cylinder engine,” the itemizing begins. “The automobile has been very nicely cared for and stored garaged since 1988.”

1980 Toyota Celica GT liftback
1980 Toyota Celica GT liftback

The Celica model first made its debut in 1970 on the Tokyo Motor Present and was solely provided as a three-door hardtop coupe that first yr. A liftback variant got here out a yr later, across the identical time the Celica first went on sale in North America. Reputation grew within the years that adopted, and when the second-generation launched in 1978, it provided extra energy, security, and gas financial system advantages. Motor Development awarded that automotive the title of Import Automobile of the Yr.

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1980 Toyota Celica GT liftback

Except for the set up of an aftermarket CD participant, this Celica from two years later is all-original and unmodified. Whereas the five-digit odometer exhibits slightly below 60,000 miles, it has rolled over twice, so the vendor attests that true mileage is about 260,000. The alternative motor reportedly has 123,000 on it, and mechanical maintenance has been fastidious: Throughout the previous yr, the automotive acquired alternative elements for the water pump, radiator clutch fan, thermostat, entrance brake calipers, and fluids. The itemizing particulars extra elements changed inside the final 20,000 miles.

A key profit of getting a sports activities automotive is a uncooked driving expertise. With that in thoughts, this Celica brings loads of “handbook” options together with the steering, home windows, and sunroof. There’s additionally no air-con. At its core, this was designed to be a no-frills “driver’s automotive,” in spite of everything. And clearly, the vendor loved it immensely based mostly on the truth that it racked up over 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 miles.

2.2-liter 20R 4-cylinder engine
2.2-liter 20R 4-cylinder engine

“This was the primary automotive I ever purchased new, and I’ve executed my greatest to maintain it nicely maintained. It’s my hope that I can discover a purchaser who will find it irresistible, look after it, and luxuriate in it as a lot as I’ve during the last 42 years,” the itemizing concludes.

The vendor is asking $7,800 for this one-owner liftback Celica, which comes with a set of rear window louvers for max Eighties aptitude.

To view this itemizing on ClassicCars.com, see Choose of the Day.


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