1984 Toyota Celica GT

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It's been a never-ending challenge to find old Japanese cars for this series, but (in the months since the readers applied their Stamp-O-Approval to early-80s Japanese DOTS cars) I've been able to find a few of these Late Malaise Toyotas on Alameda's streets. This '84 Celica is somewhat frayed around the edges, but still in solid running condition.

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This is the high-end GT model, with plenty of mid-1980s attitude (and- most likely- 300,000 miles available in its 22R engine).

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This car's styling has held up well with the passage of 24 years; even today, it's got the looks to make your robotic alien mailbox say "Nice Car!"

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Back in the day, I recall thinking this rear marker-light treatment looked pretty goofy... and I still think so now.

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Illustration for article titled 1984 Toyota Celica GT


What is the symbol on this ornament supposed to represent? Back when we were looking at a '77 Celica, some commenters felt it was a swan, while others saw a dragon.



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@Paul Y: I've been fighting some seam rust on my truck since about 1995 - I just discovered, carefully hidden under the bedmat, a big ol' hole right through the bed! DAGNABBIT!

The cheery soullessness of the mid-80's shines unabated in this old Celica. It's hard to believe I used to think this car was everything I ever wanted in a personal vehicle.

It turns out that what I always wanted was a Tercel Wagon.