Used Car of the Day: 1976 Toyota Celica GT

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We're going wayback to the '70s for today's UCOTD. Meet this 1976 Toyota Celica GT liftback with a five-speed manual.

The seller says its been restored and well maintained and is mostly stock except for a few "aesthetic" things. Those things appear to be the wheels, the seats, and rear window louvers.

If you wanted to go back from the 15-inch wheels to the 14-inch OEM ones, you can -- the seller can include them. He or she can also include the OEM seats, which does need some upholstery work.

The previous owner appears to have done a lot of work, including paint and repairing rust. Outside of the cold idle being a bit high, apparently the car runs and drives well.

It's based in Texas, has about 65K miles on it, and the asking price is $22,500.

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[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 02, 2024

    Sweet car.

  • Bd2 Bd2 on May 02, 2024

    As I have posited here numerous times; the Hyundai Pony Coupe of 1974 was the most influential sports and, later on, supercar template. This Toyota is a prime example of Hyundai's primal influence upon the design industry. Just look at the years, 1976 > 1974, so the numbers bear Hyundai out and this Toyota is the copy.

    • Bd2 Bd2 on May 03, 2024

      Correction, as "Anal"/the HMG troll has posted numerous times...

  • Ajla It's weird how surveys comes to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
  • Ajla "and the $34K price doesn't seem too steep." Respectfully disagree. This would be okay at $29K. $34k clangs into way too much.
  • FreedMike i puUut pUniZhR sTikKr oNn mY KoMMpAs aNd nOW i hEeR Eegle SkReem. (And no one knows it's made in Mexico.)
  • SCE to AUX What a farce.Besides, "patriotism" has been redefined a hundred different ways in the last 20+ years. Disagree with one of them, and you're a traitor.And for starters, Jeep is a Stellantis brand with its HQ in the Netherlands. If this persistent myth about patriotism is ever cracked, the brand is doomed.