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Hooniverse Fastback Fridays – Vintage Toyota Celicas and Celica Supras

Jim Brennan January 28, 2011 For Sale, Hooniverse Fastback Friday 20 Comments

Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Fastback Friday. Since you all seemed to like the Plymouth Barracuda posting from last week, I thought I would offer a similar posting, only this time with a distinct Japanese flavor. These are all from one dealer, St. Charles Toyota in St. Charles, Illinois. It seems that this particular dealer has a classic car department, and offers a few vintage Toyotas, so let’s explore what they have to offer.


Our first Celica Fastback (which was called the Liftback) is a 1978 model year, that was recently purchased at Mecum Auctions. This is finished in period correct Gold and shows only 16,000 miles. The interior is in great condition, comes equipped with factory A/C, a five-speed stick, and an AM FM Stereo. The asking price for this low mileage Japanese Coupe is $14,995. See the listing here.

The first generation Celica Supra was really nothing but Toyota’s interpretation of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo; in other words, a personal luxury coupe. If that’s your dream Toyota, you won’t find one nicer than this two-tone Black and Silver Celica Supra. These cars were equipped with a 4M-E Single Overhead Cam in-line six that developed 110 HP. This particular car has the five-speed stick, Air Conditioning, and an upgraded leather trimmed interior. This car shows almost 67,000 miles, and comes with an asking price of $7,995. Take a look at the listing here.

The third generation Celica ditched its curvaceous shape for one that was a little more angular, with the first couple of years featuring a peculiar front profile with headlamps that simply folded back and left exposed. This is a 1982 Celica Liftback that was stored for most of its life, and only shows 24,741 miles. This car wears a two-tone Cream and Brown paint scheme, which carries on into the interior. According to the ad, this car also sports a sunroof, A/C, and an Automatic. Asking price for this gem is $12,995. See the listing here.

The second generation Toyota Supra became more of a Sporty Grand Touring car rather than just a personal luxury coupe, with styling that was turned up just a bit. When these cars were first introduced, I always thought they were a bit weird, with an all black liftback and rear bumper, no matter what color the rest of the car was finished in. There was also the rear wing, located on the upper part of the liftgate, for no apparent reason. The front styling was sufficiently different from its Celica twin, with a wilder interior thrown in for good measure. This Red and Black example shows only 30,000 miles, but does come equipped with an Automatic, along with a moonroof, A/C and Factory Stereo unit with graphic equalizer. Asking price for this Supra is $17,995. See the listing here.

Here we have a fairly basic 1984 Celica GT Liftback. The styling has been tweaked so that the previously exposed headlamps are now properly hidden, but not much else was touched as far as the styling goes. This car has crank windows, and styled steel wheels, as well as an automatic. Does this make the car any less desirable? I’m not so sure, as you really can’t purchase a sporty little fastback that is rear-wheel drive today, with the asking price of $11,995. It only shows a little over 41,000 miles, and is really clean inside and out. See the listing here.

The last Toyota in this posting is another Mk II Supra, only by this time, Toyota cleaned up the styling just a bit. Gone is the rather funky black rear deck and rear bumper, and in its place was a billboard on the liftgate that read Supra. Pretty much everything else stayed, from the 80’s Japanese over-styled interior, to the outrageous fender flares and rear wing. This car has covered a little over 62,000 miles, and wears its 80’s inspired paint finish well. Asking price for this Supra is $13,995. See the listing here.

Do any of these car elicit the same response from you as the Plymouth Barracudas did? Or do they appeal to a different crowd altogether? Let me know, and let me know which one of these six Toyotas you would spring for.

  • I love old Toyotas! I remember back in the day, it seemed like the Celica Supra was always one of the picks for "grand prize" on the older episodes of "Hollywood Squares."

  • tonyola

    While these cars are in nice condition, you'd have to be a big fan of early-'80s angular Japanese styling to pay these prices. The '78-'81 Celica looks pudgy and is less attractive than the earlier cars, and the Supra offers very little extra performance or style. The '82-'85 Celicas were always a bit gawky-looking, and the Supras verge on being tacky. However, they'll fit in nicely with leg warmers and a Duran Duran collection. For this sort of money, I'd look for a super-clean, low mileage Supra from the late-'80s or early '90s. They're shapelier and more refined. Looks like '93 and later Supras are priced into the stratosphere and good luck finding one that hasn't been molested.
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  • acarr260

    None of the above… I think these are only desirable in turbo form.

    Plus, when I see one of those Supras now, I automatically think to myself that we're going to have to overnight parts from Japan in order to be ready for Race Wars…

  • I LOVE Fastback Fridays.

    Mmmm, cookies and cream… I would take the Supra MkII. While its fairy high millage/dollar compared to the rest, it is my favorite body style. Plus its a stick.

  • buzzboy7

    I love the 84-86 celicas. They have just the right amount of boxy and just the right amount of 22RE to be awesome cars. If I could find one with a reworked engine I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

  • Syrax

    The color combos are an exercise in bad taste. That said I'd rock that last brown Supra.

  • I have a fondness for the 1st gen Celica Supra. My oldest sister had a black '81, and I really envied her. I was in high school and she was in medical school at the time, so I saw everything about her as über-adult.

    • zsm

      That's my pick too, I just love everything about the interior and exterior of that one the best (except for the radio). Also it's the only one that I think I could get at a price that was reasonable. But here's the kicker, I lived in St. Chuck for 14 years. Now I live two towns over. I've been to this very dealership on a number of occasions even. They must not keep these at the dealership, looks like most of the photos were taken in the service area. One pic of a warehouse looks like the one where a team works on their dragsters in the bays closer to the road just outside of town. I wish I had known that they had cars like these for sale, because I never did see anything interesting there. I recall seeing two used Previas there on two separate occasions which were horrendously overpriced. If the salesman had shown me something like this years ago I could have avoided buying the car I regretted most ever buying. I drove some new and used Corollas that time and left.

  • OA5599

    While I could certainly see someone wanting a 90's turbo Supra, I fail to understand the mindset of anyone who would pay anything near the asking prices for any of the cars listed.

    The bigger question, though, is why someone would have kept these preserved for a generation (or more). I realize people do this with limited production, high performance vehicles, but not a 110 hp grocery-getter found in every parking lot back in the day.

  • Smells_Homeless

    Who has two thumbs and is very conflicted? This guy. On the one hand, I've never really understood the attraction to vintage Japanese cars. They just don't tweak my brainmeat. On the other hand, the over-the-top 80s versions, and especially the mark II Supra, perfectly reflect their time. Plus, fender flares! I've got a real weakness for fender flares.

  • Alff

    These don't do it for me, although two of them do sport a feature I will insist on in my next vehicle . Hand cranked windows FTW!

  • The gold Liftback is my pick out of em all. But I will most likely never own or drive one of these. Not that I'd be opposed to one but there are just other cars ahead on the list.

    • dukeisduke

      Mine, too. I went to high school with a guy that got one of these (in orange) as a high school graduation present from his grandmother. He joined the Air Force right after graduation, to be an A&P mechanic. Don't know what happened to him. Nice guy.

      These cars were built back when Toyota was positively anal about quality and attention to all the little design details. Nothing cheap about these.

  • CJinSD

    I find the 1978 Celica somehow appealing, even though I still remember what they drove like. If you really like driving a truck, but never need to use the bed, then by all means get an old Celica. Fifteen grand is at least ten too grand for my interest level though.

  • From_a_Buick_6

    These are all really nice examples, but the prices are just ridiculous. The Celicas are worth a couple grand, tops. Maybe seven for one of the Supras. But, what do you expect from a stealership?

    I'm actually very familiar with this dealer. It used to be Toyota West, and it was the very first car dealership I ever visited in the fall of 1990. My dad and I went in for service on our '85 Camry and we walked out with an awful deal on a bare-bones '91 Camry. A week later, the dealer's newspaper ad featured the same '91 for a grand less and our traded-in '85 for over twice what we got for it. And that's when my mom called the dealer, demanding they take the car back. The kicker was when they called back a few days later, stating that they'd lost the keys on the '85 and wanted to know if we had another set…

    I was pretty young at the time, but that incident forever colored my view of car dealers, particularly Toyota, and my parents (lack of) negotiating skills. That was my parents' third new Toyota, and they were bulletproof, wonderful cars, but the sales and service from a series of different dealers was so terrible, it was 15 years before they set foot in another Toyota dealership. They bought another Camry in '05, and I had a 4Runner for awhile; both were pretty good vehicles, but based on a half dozen different dealers I dealt with over the couple of years I owned mine, I can safely say the dealer service still blows.

    Now where was I? Oh yeah…crackpipe.

  • Manic_King

    My first western car was white 1982 Celica 1,6 notchback I bought after travelling to Germany with a plan to buy cheap E30 3-series. I couldn't find cheap enough BMW. Bought this car instead and planned to flip it asap with nice profit. Back in home people were laughing to that idea…… But at least I found an friend of a friend quite soon who bought it. Profit? Nah

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    I saw a first-generation Supra in Faded Cranberry a few weeks ago and was all kinds of shocked. They're gone here in New England… as are the following two generations, by and large.

  • Roon

    these really are the best looking sports coupe hatch backs from inbetween 81-and 86 and they are still cooler than the curvy, thicker, faster one from the late 80's, which just looked like watered down later design Z31's. and every dumb hick from where I'm from drives and likes the late 80s early 90
    s one…..cause it had balls, buddy! more class and design consideration obviously went into these mark 2 versions.

  • Patrick

    Agree totaly with Roon: "These really are the best looking sports coupe hatch backs from inbetween 81-and 86 and they are still cooler than the curvy, thicker, faster one from the late 80's or later. Much more class and design consideration obviously went into these mark 2 versions. I'am an eighties car fan from the moment I had my licence back in 1990. Driving an '89 Nissan Sunny Coupe on a daily basis and an '83 Supra is for weekends.
    I owned a BMW M635 CSI for a few years, but I would not trade my Supra for a M6 when it comes to driving experience and of course maintenance costs. Mark II are just great cars with timeless eighties design. I even like the design of the Mark II better than a Porsche 944 from that same decade.