This is my 1988 Toyota Celica ST. After driving various imports my entire life, I found myself no longer owning a car with a manual transmission in 2014. I moved and became more involved in the local car scene in 2016. In 2018 I was both ready for an additional car and missing manual shifting. I wanted an 80s era car for the reliability, reasonable price tag, and because that was really the generation of cars I grew up with. I found this car locally in Tucson. It had been a snowbirds car that was only used 3 months for its first 30 years. It had 63,500 miles and spent its life garages. The car had plenty of deferred maintenance, but had not been abused. The only modifications are adding the passenger side mirror from a junkyard find and replacing the original 13 inch steel wheels with wheels from a 2000 MR2 Spider. It is a joy to drive, clean, and show.
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There is no question that the original E-Type is one of the best all-time. If Chip’s intent was to create a modern/hot rod version, he succeeded. I would expect his to be a custom 1-off with a small block. Maybe he would buck up for a modern Jag engine instead. As custom hot-rods go, I am sure it would be interesting, creative, and attractive in a unique way. There was no way something so modern looking could be better than the original so hopefully the modern hot rod version was his intent.
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