Rare 5-Speed: 1998 Toyota Celica GT Convertible – SOLD!

Jun 2021 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

June 16, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Toyota Celica “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

The sixth-generation Toyota Celica is a rarity in any shape today, but especially so as a GT trim convertible with the desirable five-speed manual gearbox. Not many of these “baby Supra”-styled Celicas are left on the road, so this 1998 model originally listed in June 2021 on Craigslist in Manchester, New Hampshire that was stored winters and said to be rust-free is worth a look with an asking price of $6,995. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide shows us that current pricing indicates a “High” Retail model is worth $4,325, but NADA isn’t accounting for the scarcity of a model like this one.

The Celica today is seen through a variety of different lenses. The first-generation models are considered collectibles at the moment, with values high enough to warrant frame-off restorations in some instances. Later cars like the second and third generations are less so, although the latter at least featured a striking design, rear-wheel drive, and epic 80s style. The fourth-generation models are the sleeper of the group, as finding one of these cars with the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive drivetrain is insanely hard to dig up, and the same conditions hold true for the jellybean-like fifth-generation models. The sixth-generation like our subject car is a bit of an orphan: it didn’t have the allure of classic 80s styling, and gone was the turbocharged All-Trac option. While overseas market cars could still be had with hotted-up drivetrains, the U.S. got the short end of the stick once again.

Still, survivor Celicas of almost any generation will always have a following, and this example is one of the very few we’ve seen that remains in stock condition with strong cosmetics. Many of these Celicas have been put through the wringer as teenagers gravitate towards anything with sporty connotations that is also cheap, two criteria the Celica meets with ease. This example even comes with the super rare combination of a soft top and a five-speed, as most convertibles seem to always be saddled by the automatic. The seller notes that the top and motors have been replaced and that it has been “…faithfully serviced” in his care, with the most recent big-ticket update being a replacement oil pan. It has original paint and a clean Carfax, and given how rarely these appear in condition like this, this is the one to buy if you’ve been on the hunt for a T200 chassis Celica. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“One Owner since new !1998 Toyota Celica GT Convertible 5 speed manual Trans. Loaded new Top in 2019 with both top motors. Timing belt replaced at 154k has 159k presently passed NH Safety Insp. In March with yearly Service. Car has been stored every winter is totally rust free. Motor is the Proven 2.2 liter engine ( New oil Pan ) has been faithfully serviced every year with required maintenances at desired times.Has clean car fax accident free all original paint and interior. Has trailer hitch for bike rack or storage tray and a cover being Sold with car. Has newer tires in front when Insp. Was noted rear tires at next Insp. No other issues noted. Asking $6995.00 OBRO.

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