The Seattle Times Company
OWNER: Bob Moliter, Coupeville
OCCUPATION: Retired educator
CAR'S MAKE AND MODEL: 1985 Celica GTS Convertible
"I LOVE MY CAR BECAUSE ... it was the first year of Toyota convertibles -- one of 50 five-speeds. It may be a classic ... in time!"
By Blondi on November 16, 2009 7:39 AM
A japanese classic car ????? Get real, there is a reason they were cheaper to buy than their American counterparts...Maybe a classic in Osaka , not here.......
By TTH on November 16, 2009 7:42 AM
its a secret ad from PEMCO... it's the socks and sandals guy
By Grant on November 17, 2009 4:39 PM
I think this Celica is more likely to become a classic than any '85 Mustang or Camaro convertible (if there are any of them that haven't completely fallen to pieces!)
By Me on November 17, 2009 4:54 PM
When I was a security guard at a posh tennis club back in 1985, there was a black Celica convertible that would park at the club. It never failed to turn the heads of club members who had all the money in the world. That's what makes this a classic to me: It impressed even the most jaded collector.
By The Eye Ball on November 19, 2009 12:20 AM
Even with the front spoiler falling off after he scraped it on that parking obstacle?
Things appreciate only when some fool is willing to pay more for it than the fool before them.
There's nothing "classic" about a rice mobile. He might as well collect Yugo's.
By geon on November 19, 2009 12:24 AM
By Steve C. on November 29, 2009 2:18 PM
Great car.I have one an everyone wants me to sell it to them.There is a high demand for such a rare car.Keep it as long as you can.
By AQ on December 9, 2009 9:45 AM
Bob, Please call me at (404) 643-1559 at your earliest convenience ... Cheers!
By Dylan on February 8, 2010 8:26 AM
I had a car just like this in High School. Same color and everything. I loved that car. I would love to have another.
By rttryi on August 2, 2011 12:25 PM
some people just dont have a clue... how many american cars 1985 are still on the road? my 85 has 295K on it and people still want to buy it.
By RobB on August 9, 2011 8:39 PM
Any car in 1985 is a classic foreign or domestic.
Its what the consumer likes.
By Russell on October 5, 2011 4:26 AM
I have a 1988 GT Convertible.. immaculate condition and we love the car, runs great, reliable, very sleek style, fully equipped, Yeah, it's not a camaro or corvette or mustang.... but it also starts every time i want it to and doesn't bleed my account dry from fueling it up... People make me laugh when they saay it's an American classic--- we buy everything from the Japanese and China,,, maybe there is a reason Toyota didn't need a Govt. assistane to keep afloat.
Great car Bob, enjoy it as long as you can and have fun
By Big al on March 28, 2012 6:27 PM
It's definitely a beautiful car to show it off ... I just bought the same 1985 celica gts and I'm glad I did because it's still runny smooth and is cheap on the gas and parts also ...
By toyotaguy on November 24, 2012 8:52 AM
I have had my red 1985 Celica convertible since 1991...the second owner. It continues to turn heads. I have had dozens of people ask if I'd like to sell it to them. To you several idiots calling it a classic in Osaka....eat your pathetic hearts out! I know of several rusting 85 mustangs, chevs, etc etc that are sitting in scrap yards waiting for you to buy them....oh wait....they were just crushed. Sorry...they're probably razor blades by now!!!
By CRXSpyder on February 4, 2013 8:23 PM
Hope you can keep on driving it. Classic? Maybe. The important thing is that you enjoy your ride. I certainly enjoy my '85, which is a convertible that is red just like yours (though in lesser condition). Fun to drive, turns on rails, and gets decent gas mileage. The Celica has showed itself as a much better car than my '84 Mustang convertible that I owned for 18 years.
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