Toyota might have been late in adopting front-wheel drive, but it embraced the concept wholeheartedly as the ‘80s went on. When the Celica moved across, fans of the breed had little to fear – the outgoing model was pretty insipid, while the new one was excellent in all respects. Twin-cam power ensured performance, tidy handling made all that poke accessible, and like all Toyotas until recently, its reliability was bulletproof. Undervalued today, and survival rate is low, as it’s overshadowed by the more radical replacement from 1990. Buy, enjoy, and stock up on Kurust.
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