We’ve been told by more than one reputable source that the Turbo Celica AllTrac isn’t the most reliable car out there. Shocking to think that a late-80s Toyota with a rare drivetrain and turbocharged 190hp motor wasn’t fully optimized for longevity. Regardless, it’s a rare bird and an example of the kind of awesome risks Toyota used to be willing to take. This particular example was purchased out of a junkyard (shocking!) with no title, but all the parts* for a nicely built engine. It’s only got 80k miles, which sounds low by today’s Toyota standards, but is probably the equivalent of 180k given the dog years-like calculations required for such a vehicle.
Answer to the * after the jump.
*Turns out it’s missing one connecting rod. Apparently someone stole it. Luckily, we here at Hooniverse have the number of a guy who’s trying to unload a single 3S-GTE rod for “real cheap, man”.
Other than that, my experience with sideways mounted Toyota motors consists of staring into the engine compartment of former roommate (and current Team Uberbird member) Graham’s MR2 Spyder with a swapped-in 2zz-GE. It made for a great poor man’s Lotus until a few weeks ago when it blew the head gasket.
Back on topic, according to the seller, this puppy’s going to the crusher on 3rd (aka tomorrow) unless someone has $450 obo they’re willing to shell out. This is LeMons GOLD, folks. Make your move.
’88 Toyota Celical AllTrac on Houston Craigslist