1975 Toyota Celica ST

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After finding a pair of '77 Celicas parked on the streets of Alameda (this one and this one), I had a first-gen Celica drought that lasted the better part of a year. Had all the rest been crushed? Then I started catching glimpses of this red '75 around town, and I knew it was just a matter of time before I found it parked somewhere.

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Since photographing this car downtown, I've found where it parks when off duty. Yes, it's a 33-year-old daily-driven Toyota. Who needs power door locks and cup holders?

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According to the original California smog sticker, this Celica has the indestructible 20R engine. Only 90 horses, but they'd keep galloping for hundreds of thousands of miles.

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2,270 pounds. That's 23 pounds less than the tiny '09 Yaris... and the Celica has rear wheel drive! Which one would you take? Airbags or character?



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Rob Emslie

Ah, the Toyota Mustang, I remember them well. The lowered windows indicate either a trusting owner, the presence of a large, angry dog, or a mechanical failure causing discomfort during rainy outings. Love the blue plate special there. I wish California would go back to black and gold however.