Ec­cen­tric Un­cle Tim’s buy of the week

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

TIRED of wait­ing for de­liv­ery of your two-door, 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der Toy­ota 86? Then wait no more! Cars­guide lists an ear­lier Toy­ota model that just about equals the specs of the new must-have coupe at a frac­tion of the price. This 1982 Cel­ica is listed at just $5990, about one-sixth of the ask for a la-de-da 86. To an­swer a few ob­vi­ous ques­tions: YES, it may be slightly slower than an 86. But it has cool tilt-for­ward head­lights, so shut up. YES, the Cel­ica wasn’t a noted han­dler even by the stan­dards of the early 1980s. But it’s avail­able right now, un­like a cer­tain come-back-in-2013 coupe I’m too po­lite to name. YES, it’s ba­si­cally an old Corona with two fewer doors. Check the in­te­rior, though: velour seats! Try tick­ing that op­tion box to­day, Miss 86 Buyer. NO, it isn’t retro-cool yet. Wait five years or un­til your 86 turns up, which­ever is sooner. Cars­guide.com.au.

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