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CAR: 1983 Celica
BODY: 2 Door Hatchback Blue
MECHANICAL: 4 Cylinder Gas Automatic
1983 Toyota Celica Liftback
The Celica nameplate, though retired since 2006, lived for seven generations and 36 years, making it one of the most widely recognized and historically significant cars from that era and part of the world.
The word “Celica” is of Latin origin and means “heavenly” or “celestial.”
When the Celica launched in the early 1970s, it targeted the U.S. market by emphasizing styling and driving enjoyment in a similar fashion that the Ford Mustang had just a few years prior.
By the time, the third generation rolled out at the end of 1981, the car’s design had evolved by giving it an aerodynamic wedge nose and either notchback or liftback rear ends. The more popular arrangement was the liftback, as shown in this nice-looking example. Over time, the Celica developed a reputation for being a sports car – eventually paving the way for the Supra in 1981, which initially was a Celica at its core.
The 2.4-liter “22R-E” 4-cylinder engine is one of Toyota’s most-ubiquitous powerplants, known for dependability and planted in a variety of different models, including the Toyota pickup, Corona and 4Runner.
Worth noting is that this generation of Celica was the last to be rear-wheel-drive, as the subsequent body style went through a full redesign and platform change. Purists who prefer RWD handling dynamics definitely will want to give this one a closer look, as sub-50,000-mile third-generation Celica’s are becoming rarer by the day.
Offered is a remarkably original, unrestored 1983 Toyota Celica GT with only 48,167 believed to be original miles on the odometer.
The originality is retained throughout, from the metallic blue paint to the matching blue-cloth interior. Its mechanical condition is in a similar preserved state with new Toyo tires.
The seller notes that everything on the car works, including cold air conditioning which is an important necessity in some regions this time of year.
2.4L 22RE Fuel-injected engine
Rare low mileage survivor from California
Owner Believes 48,167 miles to be actual
Last model of the rear-wheel drive Celica
Power Steering, Brakes, Mirrors, Antenna
Reclining front seats
Split fold-down rear seat
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