Hyphenated names are popular with women who want to maintain their identity after marrying some doorknob. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Toyota carries a twin moniker, but does its dowry make it not the marrying kind?
A Falcon, like all raptors, feeds its nestlings be regurgitating previously swallowed prey directly into their mouths. Similarly, the sixteen-large price tag on yesterday's turbo'd Ford Falcon wasn't too hard to swallow for the nearly 52% of you who awarded it with a narrow Nice Price win.
While not as iconic as Ford's V8s – either flat head or thin-wall – that Falcon's straight six engine does remain one of the Blue Oval's longest lived. Another in-line six that seems to have had the tenacity of a herpes infection is Toyota's M-series, one of which powers today's root beer brown 1985 Celica-Supra.
The 5M-GE, in 2,759-cc displacement, was a fully modern iteration of a series of motors that could trace their lineage all the way back to the original four-cylinder M of 1965, and later 2000GT-powering six. Along the way the engine grew in both displacement and number of pots, and by the time this Supra jutted its Leno-esque chin down the production line, it produced 161-bhp. Later turbo editions produce even more, and will handily fit under the Celica-Supra's square-domed hood, I'm just sayin'.
Along for the ride here is the W58 five speed gearbox, and when having run out of sports trivia at the bar, the Supra owner can boast that its all-independent suspension was tuned by Lotus, a company with whom Toyota had a dalliance back in the eighties. Perhaps unfortunately, someone thought they could do Colin Chapman one better on this one, and have added fatter sway bars and a strut tower brace to the car. Brakes remain disc at each corner. Performance numbers for 1985 were zero to sixty runs in the eight and a half second range, and quarters of around 16, unimpressive for the new millennium, but electrifying when Wham was topping the charts.
A mullet is frequently described as all business up front and a party in the back, and similarly, the Celica-Supra's styling is a confluence of Supra coming and Celica going, although the six cylinder car does get the added visual cues on its tail of a set of substantial wings (revised for '85) and a wide-ass SUPRA decal across the hatch. While the four banger Celica came in both a wedge-shaped hatch and awkward coupe body styles, the Supra edition settled for the three door variant alone. This one is root beer brown, and despite the appearance of either a snowball fight loss, or ultimate Bukake win, it still looks pretty good.
The interior is color matched and probably even smells of root beer considering the classy A&W Root Bear car deodorizer hanging from the rearview. As Supras of this era seem to be the organ donor of choice when it comes to seats, it's nice to see that this one both has its intact, and looking like they've had nothing heavier than corn-fed Nebraska lasses' asses sitting in them. The rest of the cockpit, in its wine-colored decadence, could stand a vacuuming, but apparently little else. It also mirrors the exterior in having more angles than a Gehry building, so if you don't I heart the ‘80s, you might not find this car particularly welcoming inside or out.
If you do jones for something from the Oh What a Feeling era, this unmolested and seemingly low – 89,000 – mileage example, in metallic brown, might just make your root beer float. Of course, its $8,000 asking price might also be enough to steal your cherry off the top. What do you think, is eight large a super deal for this Supra-Celica? Or, is that just Supra expensive?
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