Hooniverse Classic Toyota Weekend – A 1980 Toyota Celica GT

The Toyota Celica will probably be one of the most collectible Toyotas behind the 2000 GT and the Supra, and their values are reflecting this. We saw this 1977 Celica Liftback, and this 1974 Celica GT Coupe, so now its time to discover the second generation Celica, and here is a 1980 GT liftback that is a Grand Prix Racing limited edition. I don’t know what that was, but I want it anyway.

The second generation Celica was a handsome design when introduced in 1978, with almost none of the surface detailing found on the first generation. The design was further cleaned up for the 1980 model year with the square quad headlamps in the USDM versions. According to the listing:

This is a 1980 Toyota Celica limited edition “GRAND PRIX RACING edition with the official plate stamped inside of the car. This car has been restored back to or as close to the orginal look…everything in the car is orginal or close to it…it has a fresh new paint job, named “lipstick red” it has pretty much brand new tires on the car, new windshield, new carburator, new sparks plugs, new spark plug wires, fresh oil change…it comes with 3 manuals to work on your car, 1 computer cd disk to look up parts, get spec’s and help, 1 owner’s manual, a bunch of receipts, 2 vintage brochures that looks just like the car you can buy…I have a clean and clear Georgia title and the car just passed inspection with flying colors.

The car is solid from front to back, the engine is still strong, runs smooth, clutch is in great shape, rides nicely, does not smoke at all besides the very first crank of the day (if you know anything about these toyotas, they ALL are known for that), a/c blows cold air and the heater keeps you nice and warm…picks up speed very well, stops like it should, all clean windows

Overall this is a classy car that someone would love to have…please feel free to ask me any questions that you see fit…this car has never been outside in the weather,, garaged only…I have a 2nd toyota celica that you can have free for parts if you want it, it does not run but just about all the parts are there (it’s up to you to remove it from my property no later than 2weeks after the sale) and I also have many other parts in my basement to go along with this car.

All spelling issues aside, this looks like a great Celica to show and own. Bidding has stalled at $3,900, with an unmet reserve. So what would you pay for this pristine 2nd generation Celica? See the listing here.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    I just can't get excited about this one. These Celicas were pretty nice cars, but I can't say I'm in love with the styling of this generation, though it was improved for 1980 with the new front end. The hatchback to me has always looked to be a bit on the puffy side, like it's been inflated a bit with an air pump. I think I prefer the notchback for this generation, though I admit the styling is a bit bland. I suppose Toyota though it was bland too because they went a bit over the top with the wedgier 1982 Celica.
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MiZ-UqDwf6c/TH8QEXfRuFI/AAAAAAAAGhw/XcD2cpMzh90/s1600/1980+Toyota+Celica+GT+Sport+Coupe+RA42+20R+Second+Generation+2.jpg&quot; width=400>

  2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    I actually saw one of these here in New Hampshire a few months ago. It wasn't perfect, but it looked solid; it was that usual cranberry colour. I don't remember the last time I'd seen one in person before that… and no, I didn't have my camera with me.

  3. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    Its interesting, from a personal perspective, to see vehicles and other objects that were common as dirt and relatively valuless being promoted as "collectable". The law of supply and demand at work I suppose. Guess I'll have to hang on to my old Tercel a bit longer.

  4. raphaelinberlin Avatar

    That is a B-pillar of excellence on that GPRE(?) Celica

    1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      On the Supras of that generation it's covered in glass:
      <img src="http://img111.imagevenue.com/loc113/th_78904_mirrorfromCelicaGTS_122_113lo.jpg&quot; border="0">
      img crdt=CelicaGTS on CelicaSupra.com

    2. raphaelinberlin Avatar

      another shot of the glass-covered pillar from the contemporary Supra
      <img src="http://autofrei.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img_7900.jpg&quot; width="500">

  5. scoutdude Avatar

    This model marks the beginning of the end of Toyota, and they really hadn't got that far yet, but this generation screams model bloat and Maliaise quite loudly.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Yeah, poor Toyota. All they had to look forward to in 1980 was turbocharging, All-Trac Celicas, 16V engines, MR2s, fast Supras, sporty Corollas, a luxury line that put a huge scare into the Germans, bulletproof trucks and SUVs, a two-decade reputation as the most reliable cars one could buy, and the closest a car manufacturer has come to world takeover since GM's glory days. What a decline. 😛

      1. scoutdude Avatar

        I'll give you the all-trac Celicas with the turbo and the closest a mfg has come to takeover since GMs heyday. The original MR2 was ok it's successor not so much. There were some fast Supras but the non-turbo ones were pigs. The trucks and SUVs are far from bullet proof and quite expensive to own. Finally the Germans aren't and weren't scared about Lexus. Sure Benz went into a tailspin but that was more due to their hookup with Chrysler.

        1. tonyola Avatar

          Why do you think Mercedes began to cheapen its cars in the mid-'90s with the W210 E-class – well before the Chrysler hookup in 1998? It's because Lexus scared them into building cars down to a target price rather than engineering the cars to be best and pricing them accordingly. The 1991 W140 S-class was the last true cost-no-object-engineered Mercedes, and it was the last model before the big quality slippage.

  6. Maymar Avatar

    A quick search seems to confirm what I'd guessed, this was built to commemorate Toyota's involvement in the Long Beach Grand Prix (where a Celica was used as a pace car).
    Mostly, I want to say I prefer the next-gen Celica, but what I really prefer is the next-gen Supra as it's better looking in most details. So I don't mind this Celica, it's sort of caught between periods, but it'd be a reasonably fun, simple car.

  7. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Meh..so non inspiring, must have inspired the younger engineers at Toyota at the time that make the beige today. Even A Corolla Liftback looked better at that time.

  8. facelvega Avatar

    I'm always fascinated by the moment when the zeitgeist switches just enough so that a car that we all (or even just I personally) saw as boring and regrettable starts to look interesting again. The second-gen Celica is dangling on this precipice here, it's almost appealing, it clearly will be appealing to me in a few years, but a few years ago I would have only seen a piece of junk.

    1. TurboBrick Avatar

      Very good observation. This is how I feel about a lot of malaise era Japanese cars.

  9. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

    That's a gorgeous car, but just so y'all know, I'm not sure what "inspection" the seller is referring to that the car allegedly passed with "flying colors." In Georgia there is NO state safety inspection. Emissions testing is applicable only in 13 metro Atlanta counties, which does NOT include Macon (Bibb County), where the listing indicates the car is located.

  10. muthalovin Avatar

    Eh, its alright, and it is certainly better looking than the most recent Celica's (Action Pack? WTF?!), but for my money, the 3rd gen is where its at.

  11. johnnymac09 Avatar

    I owned a 1980 Toyota Celica Coupe. I always preferred the coupe to the liftback. I had a lot of fun with that car.

  12. steve Avatar

    is there a buy / sell forum for these old celicas?
    i still have a set of rally rings from my 1980 liftback.