1988 or ’89 Toyota Celica ST Coupe

The 4th generation Celica has some really nice design elements, but the ugly roof and pillar treatment is really a horrible distraction. Fortunately, Toyota commissioned ASC to chop the horrible roof off the Celica coupe and gave us the convertible version.

1970-72 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C3)

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I saw this beautiful Corvette Stingray convertible on my way home from work a few days ago. I love my Celica convertible, but I couldn’t help feeling just a little jealous of this convertible…

The chrome bumpers on both front (you can see a tiny glint of chrome in front of the wheel) and rear indicate that this Corvette is, at the newest, a 1972 model. The chrome on the front was dropped in ’73 and the rear was restyled with an integrated plastic bumper for ’74. The last year for round exhaust cutouts was 1969, so this Corvette was built somewhere between 1970 and 1972.

1974-89 Mercedes-Benz SL and 1978 or ’79 Chevrolet Monte Carlo


Too bad it was rainy when Taylor spotted this Mercedes-Benz SL. On a nicer day it may have been driving around without its removable hardtop, like this example. It’s hard to positively identify the year of this SL, since they were built for nearly two decades without many exterior changes. Most year-to-year adjustments were made under the hood, but one significant change made in 1974 was the addition of huge “park bench” style bumpers which were designed to comply with US safety regulations. Many new cars in the US received unfortunate new bumpers for the 1974 so they could survive a 5 MPH collision with no damage.

We also appear to have a 1978 or 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo photobombing in the background.

1992 or ’93 Toyota Celica GT-S

The 5th-generation Toyota Celica shares a lot of design cues with the 4th-generation (which I’m biased to), but it’s as if every part of the 4th-gen design was rounded out, taking what looked like a very ’80s car and giving it a very ’90s look. Supposedly the rounder design also had the benefit of adding strength without increasing weight.

1987 Toyota Celica GT Convertible


This is Flame, my daily driver from about mid April to late October (my winter car will be the subject of another post). I bought it on November 24, 2010 and have been driving it regularly since. I had spotted it advertised on a local classified ad website for only $600, and I called the seller to arrange a time to come look at it in the morning. Well, that afternoon one of the heaviest snowstorms Utah had seen in years (and the first classified as a blizzard since 2001 or so) rolled in Continue reading “1987 Toyota Celica GT Convertible”