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Posted on Wednesday here on Craigslist in Seekonk, Massachusetts is this rare and unmolested 1991 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo the private seller currently has priced at $6,800 firm. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range for these Celicas at $3,100, $4,375, and $5,300. With the current caretaker admitting he recently purchased this car yet doesn’t appear to have done anything to it, we recommend pressing him to see how much he paid and offer that. You can contact the seller directly via e-mail if you are interested.
While Toyota actively participated in Rally competition for many years, by the late 1980s the company set their sites on winning the World Rally Championship (“WRC”). European car brands dominated WRC at the time, so this was no small feat for Toyota to take on. They developed an all wheel drivetrain powered by a turbocharged and inter-cooled line four cylinder that by 1992 brought the World Rally Manufacturer’s Championship and made the ST185 Rally car Toyota’s most successful. It was significant as this was the first time a Japanese car manufacturer entered the WRC with an AWD turbocharged car and its success set the stage for other Japanese manufacturers Subaru and Mitsubishi to launch their own campaigns. The U.S. production version of that race car, the Celica All-Trac Turbo featured here, benefitted from that car by being equipped with a 200 horsepower, 200 foot-pound version of the inter-cooled and turbocharged engine. Loaded with a leather interior and ten-speaker sound system, these Celicas came with a base price of $21,408 ($40,358 in 2019 dollars), putting it in Supra territory. Consequently, these versions of the Celica were rare when new and are now very hard to come by.
The private, short-term owner of this example indicates his Celica traveled 141K miles yet has remained in original, unmodified condition. He reports and the pictures tend to confirm this example has no rust and both the interior and exterior are in good condition that belie the miles traveled. He also states that this example, while it runs and drives, has not been used for five years and will need the typical items to make it road worthy again. Additionally, you’ll need to address both an exhaust and coolant leak. If the firm price seems reasonable to you and you can get this example sorted, you’ll have a cool piece of Toyota history that will have all the Supra fan boys flocking to your car at any JDM-themed event you drive it to. Good luck with the purchase!
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