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RealRides of WNY - 1997 Toyota Celica

October 7, 2018

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Toyota Celica

Is it all that old? Certainly not, but when was the last time you saw a 1997 Toyota Celica out and about? It was a car originally thought of by some automotive journalists as the Japanese answer to the Ford Mustang. But by 1997, like most small imported cars, Celicas were driven by front-wheel-drive, and powered by either a 1.8L (in the base ST model) or a 2.2L four (in the GT), and a far cry from the V-6/V-8-powered RWD Mustang. Starting in 1994 a convertible version was offered, converted from the coupe by a California company. Model year 1997 marked the Celica’s 26thanniversary, and was the car’s sixth generation. It left the U.S. market after the 2005 seventh-gen models. In its final year, 2007, it was sold only in Japan. Found this white one a while back in Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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