HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION, 20R 4 CYL, 5 SPEED, PB W/DISCS, SUPER ORIGINAL!
Thoroughly authentic, absolutely distinctive, and very fun to drive make this 1976 Toyota Celica GT Liftback one of the best ways to join the rapidly growing field of Japanese classics.
These first-generation Celicas are really becoming a hot commodity right now. They were the right-sized sports car for the era, but today we are appreciating them for so much more. It starts with how Toyota took some lessons from the Americans in style. The aggressive furrowed brow look of the front overhang, wide power bulge hood, and curvaceous rear fenders seem like Mopar muscle car attributes. Plus, this special Liftback model has the fastback profile, integrated rear spoiler, and triple taillight package that looks inspired from a Mach 1 Mustang. So this Celica instantly lives up to its GT flair. And more than just a cool appearance, this one has that extra feel of originality. All the details from the factory wheels to the rocker stripe are the kind of things that would get erased over the decades if owners did not respect this Celica.
Inside is more evidence that Toyota was building this for the American market. High-back bucket seats and plenty of wood applique trim make this feel both sporty and premium (again, just like the Mach 1 Mustang.) And there's also more evidence of good care with everything from the AM/FM stereo to the heat/defrost sliders still working. But more than just giving Americans the style and features they like, this also had an attitude all of its own. This first-generation Celica was part of the new wave of vehicles that showed that the Japanese knew how to give their cars a soul. The grippy steering wheel, crisp stick shift, and a full instrument panel with a tach as prominent as the speedo instantly could get your enthusiast heart pumping.
When you lift the hood, the 20R label on the head makes many Toyota enthusiasts very happy. The R-series motor is where Toyota earned its nearly bulletproof reputation, and this 2.2-liter is one of the largest displacements offered. Plus, as you look at all the original components and decals, this makes for a great attention-grabbing engine bay. But a car like this was made to be driven. That's why it has received proper maintenance, including newer hoses and belts. The overhead cam motor fires up nicely, and you take full control over this peppy powerplant thanks to the five-speed manual transmission. The sports-inspired independent front suspension, trailing arm rear with Panhard bar, telepathic steering, front disc brakes, and new Toyo tires all come together to create and outstanding driving experience.
Complete with owner's manual, this is a well-preserved and value-priced way to enjoy a significant classic that's gaining more prominence every day. Don't let this one slip away, call today!
- Rear Defogger
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- AM/FM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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