Pick of the Day: 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S

1985 was a good year in the film industry. The iconic Back to the Future trilogy got its start on July 3rd of that summer, and over the course of the next five years earned $975 million at the box office. The fantasy of being able to travel through time captured the country’s imagination.

One of the most famous Toyotas in history was the black Toyota SR5 4×4 pickup that was prominently featured in the film. However, another Toyota from the same model year had an equally high cool-factor. The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1985 Toyota Celica listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Edina, Minnesota. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Get a slice of the 80s with this one-owner 1985 Celica GT-S,” the listing begins. “With only 88k miles, the original window sticker, and in great shape – this is the Celica to buy.”

Showing just 88,757 miles on the odometer, this Celica has relatively low mileage for being 38 years old. Cosmetically, there are a couple of small need to address including a broken headlight and marker light, but the car appears unmodified and retains its characteristic 1980s look with pop-up headlights, fender flares, and wedge-shaped silhouette.

The included window sticker shows that this car is finished in “Super Red” with a black cloth retractable top, and it was originally delivered to Rudy Luther Toyota in a Minneapolis suburb called Golden Valley. The car carried an original MSRP of $18,394 including freight and handling. Rudy Luther, incidentally, is still open in the same location today.

This car comes from the Celica’s third generation, dubbed the A60, which launched in 1981. Available initially only as a notchback coupe or a liftback, a GT-S convertible was released in limited production in 1984. The car was manufactured in Japan but subsequently customized by American Sunroof Company (ASC) in California. Between 1984 and 1985, about 4,500 units were produced.

Interior appointments were substantial for the time including air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, an AM/FM/cassette stereo with an equalizer, and a split-folding rear seat. And under the hood lies Toyota’s robust fuel-injected 2.4-liter 22R-E motor mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. “Runs and drives great,” the seller says.

“It is a true time capsule, and this is a stunning example,” the seller says. “This Celica is the real deal.”

The asking price is $16,995 or best offer for this Celica GT-S, which is just as cool of a vehicle as Marty McFly’s pickup.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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