Toyota Celica market watch 2018-2019

By: Unique Cars magazine

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We track the market history of one of Japan's most sought-after collectables

Welcome to Market Watch. For several years now we’ve been doing quarterly value guides: Australian and USA muscle cars, Japanese classics, Aussie family cars, plus European and British classics. This time we have a look at the mighty Toyota Celica Not many years ago it was easy to find early Celicas in our market, with the majority being the ‘Mustang’-shaped Liftbacks. Numbers of available cars have been waning for a while and we suspect that is largely because current owners just do not want to sell.

When they do, $25-30,000 is the usual asking price and that is a lot less than the amounts being paid by mainly US-based collectors at Japanese auctions. Cars in the typical Australian price range are virtually non-existent and those in the A$30-40,000 range are sometimes rubbish. Sourcing a good early Celica from Japan can cost $40,000-plus and that doesn’t include freight or local charges.

| Buyer's Guide: Toyota Celica RA40

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Early-shape TA22 cars spent years being ignored and undervalued and are now very scarce. Where a rusty or damaged Liftback was probably saved from the crusher there is every chance a basic hardtop was not and they are now hard to find.

| 2019 Market Review: Toyota Celica 1971-2004

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(Note: price columns are for Condition 3, 2 and 1 cars, with the latter being very good original-spec examples with no work required.

I/D indicates insufficient sales data. Note the figures are based on verifiable sales.) 

2018

MODEL YEARS COND 3 COND 2 COND 1
Celica LT1600 1971-75 $5500 $12,500 $20,000
Celica RA23 Coupe 1975-78 $7000 $14,500 $24,000
Celica RA23 Liftback 1976-77 $9000 $19,500 $30,000
Celica Coupe/Hatch 1978-85 $2000 $4800 $9000
Celica ST/SX 1986-89 $1600 $3500 $6500
Celica SX 1990-94 $1200 $2800 $5500
Celica SX 1995-99 $1500 $3700 $7000
Celica ZZR 1999-04 $2800 $6000 $10,000
Celica GT-4 4WD 1990-93 $4000 $9500 $18,500
Celica GT-4 Group A 1994 I/D $32,000 $50,000
Celica Conv.  1988-89 $2500 $5500 $9000
Celica Conv. 1990-94 I/D $6500 $11,000

 

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2019

MODEL YEARS COND 3 COND 2 COND 1
Celica RA23 Coupe 1975-78 $7000 $18,500 $27,000
Celica RA23 Liftback 1976-77 $9000 $22,500 $33,000
Celica Coupe/Hatch 1978-85 $2000 $5700 $10,000
Celica ST/SX 1986-89 $1600 $3500 $6500
Celica SX 1990-94 $1200 $2800 $5500
Celica SX 1995-99 $1500 $3300 $6000
Celica ZZR 1999-04 $2000 $4500 $7500
Celica GT-4 4WD 1990-93 $4000 $9500 $14,500
Celica GT-4 Group A 1994 I/D $32,000 $50,000
Celica Conv. 1988-89 $2500 $5500 $8000
Celica Conv. 1990-94 I/D $6500 $10,000

 

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