1985 Toyota Celica GT-S 5-Speed Convertible – SOLD FOR $17,600!

August 18, 2023 – A determined buyer looking for a low-mileage Celica convertible came across our listing from the fall of 2022, jumped on a plane, bought the car, and proceeded to drive it home.  Congrats to both the buyer and seller.

October 5, 2022 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $17,600, so we’ve moved this Celica to our Rides Still Available page, where interested parties can pay the Buy It Now Price of $17,600. Click one of the “Buy Now” buttons to purchase this rare Celica.

Guys With Rides is excited to offer Lot 151, a rare 1985 Toyota Celica GTS convertible featuring an even rarer five-speed manual transmission and its original white convertible top.  With just over 51K original miles, this survivor quality example is ready for some fall top-down rides with a new caretaker.

Bidding opens Wednesday, September 21, 2022, and continues for fourteen days ending at 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Rudy personally detailed and inspected this car before the start of the auction and walked away very impressed with the overall condition of the car.

If you have questions about this Toyota Celica before then, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.

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The Deets

Year: 1985
Make: Toyota
Model: Celica GT-S Convertible
Location: Kingwood, New Jersey
Mileage: 51,024
VIN: JT5RA65K9F4055920
Exterior Color: Super Red II
Interior Color: Gray Cloth
Engine: 22RE 2.2L Line Four
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

Current Bid: $7,000

August 1981 saw the introduction of the third-generation Celica. The car was initially available in notchback coupe and liftback forms, with many buyers preferring the liftback. The US-made convertible came in 1984. Styling changed considerably from previous models, and power came from a 2.4 Liter inline-four 22R-E engine in all North American models.  The 22R-E became the biggest 4-cylinder engine offered in any Celica ever.

Fuel injection became standard on all North American Celicas starting from August 1982. Therefore, the 22R engine became 22R-E (or 22R-EC with California emissions equipment). In August 1982, Toyota added the GT-S model to the North American market to re-inject the sporting image Celica had lost as it grew larger and heavier with each subsequent model. The GT-S included larger 14×7-inch wheels and 225/60HR14 tires, fender flares, independent rear suspension, a sports interior including special seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. Most of these came from the Supra. From the windshield back, both cars were nearly identical when in Liftback form. There were also optional rear louvers for the coupe and Liftback.

Toyota stylists gave the third-generation Celica a facelift in August 1983 for the 1984 model year. The revision included fully retractable headlights, restyled grille, and an air dam. The rear combination lamps were also revised.  The GT-S convertible, built by American Sunroof Company (ASC) in California, was originally released in a limited 200 units in 1984. 4,248 more were built for the 1985 model year.

The private seller and second owner purchased this 1985 Celica GT-S convertible in the late 1980s and has used the car sparingly ever since. Based on the original lacquer paint, convertible top, and interior condition, it’s clear this Celica has been garaged and pampered its entire life.

Here is a complimentary CarFax® for this 1985 Toyota Celica GTS Convertible, confirming that this low-mileage example has never been in an accident and the mileage is accurate.  To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return to this listing:

red 1985 Toyota Celica GTS Convertible Auction. Lot 151.

Based on his personal observations of this survivor-quality 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S convertible, Rudy completed the following Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”).    Overall, this car presents in excellent condition with only two minor worth noting:

  • The Bridgestone Potenza tires currently mounted on the car have 1989 manufacturing dates. Consequently, the next owner needs to replace these 33-year-old tires for safety’s sake before considering any drive.
  • The HVAC blower motor is noticeably loud when set to its highest setting.

Click on the picture below to review his complete findings. When finished, click your browser’s back button to return to this page:

red 1985 Toyota Celica GTS Convertible Auction. Lot 151.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing access to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales year-to-date. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

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If you have any questions about this 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S Convertible, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!

1 Comment
  1. red 1985 Toyota Celica GTS Convertible Auction. Lot 151.

    Hi, Is the price on this Celica negotiable at all? Thinking around $13k? Thanks!


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