1983 Toyota Celica SA63 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Surely one of the most pristine surviving examples in the country

Here’s one for the discerning Toyota enthusiast, or Japanese collector.

The third-generation A60 Toyota Celica was the last rear-wheel drive model in the nameplate’s lineage.

Produced from 1981 to 1985, the A60 Celica was available in both notchback and liftback body configurations, with the liftback being the overwhelmingly more popular option.

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Visually, it was a thoroughly 80s affair, ditching the ‘coke bottle’ styling of preceding generations and replacing it with the quintessential ‘wedge’ silhouette.

It was the only Celica that got to run in Group B WRC, and was the first Celica to offer a turbocharged variant from the showroom – though only in Japan unfortunately.

In Australia, upon launch, the Celica was fitted with the lackadaisical 67kW 21R-C engine, though was replaced upon facelift with the more powerful 2S-C engine, then later again by the fuel-injected 2.4lt 22R-E, the biggest engine available globally for the platform.

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This 1983 Toyota Celica SA63 Liftback (December build) looks to be one of the most original and pristinely-kept examples in the country.

The seller purchased the car from the third owner of ten years, and presents in showroom condition having being kept undercover all its life and having only travelled 88,122kms.

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It’s fitted with the last of the 2S-C 2.0lt carburetted engines, coupled to a five-speed manual; both of which have never been removed from the car.

All regular servicing and maintenance has been carried out and boasts documented history since delivery at Bay Road Toyota in Cheltenham.

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It’s original down to the DENSO air-conditioning, Toyota cassette radio, speakers, floor mats and keys.

Nothing needs to be done, and there’s nothing left to spend on this time-capsule Celica.

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The sale will include a Victorian roadworthy certificate, vehicle registration until May; all original manuals, documents and books, and a large cache of spares and accessories.

The car is based in Victoria and is listed for $15,000.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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