Project Car Hell, Japanese Rally Machines Edition: Mazda 323 GTX or Toyota…

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Project Car Hell, Japanese Machines Edition: Mazda 323 GTX or Celica All-Trac?

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Detroit’s front-drive compacts of the early meet many of the qualifications for Hell Garage inmates, but the racing heritage? Oh, sure, the X-11 competed in SCCA Stock racing back in the but the Hell Garage Demons are now of the kind of racing that dirt roads, crowds of Spaniards staggering into the of onrushing cars, turbocharging, and Group A rally racing in the 1980s!

The Japanese car companies put some great race during this era, and schmoes could buy the showroom right at their friendly dealerships. Most of these have been obliterated by types who bolt on a gigantic turbocharger and then seek out the concrete barrier, sideways at 90 but we’re going to do our best to a pair that have the worst of that abuse.

A Project Car Hell Mazda 323

The Mazda 323 of the late 1980s was a sensible little econobox, the thing for no-drama commutes to the farm or shopping mall. add turbocharging, all-wheel-drive, and suspension and you had a completely different machine.

143 horsepower in a vehicle weighing barely more than a the 323 GTX could really vaporize haul the mail. Put it on dirt or and hit the throttle and you’d experience expensive parts serious madness.

Not many GTXs were and most of them have used up and discarded by now… but not to We’ve managed to round up Super Dooper 1988 323 GTX in Southern California (go here if the disappears) in Southern California. How does the seller want? that unimportant piece of isn’t included in the description; the price of one dollar is a helpful by which Craigslist car sellers that prospective buyers the maximum-price filter in the search don’t suffer the unpleasantness of cars they can’t excluded from search

The seller also includes a of references to other 323 GTXs for around the country, with prices, plus some Kelley Blue Book pasted randomly into the From those numbers, we can that the seller might to get something between $2,500 and for his or her car.

Even though the listing is full of endless copy/pasted from various quasi-relevant the meat of the description fits on a line: Engine runs This is your chance to get one gem of a car. Only 145 k miles on it, paint and body panels so been in any major accident, car is stock.

Note that the runs great, but there’s no of the car itself being able to under its own power. We’re that’s just an oversight, and find this car’s transmission and nightmarishly-difficult-to-repair brakes are fine.

The Project Car Hell Toyota All-Trac Turbo.

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The Celica Turbo, like the 323 GTX, is extinct nowadays, thanks to the hoons who have destroyed examples in various flavors of and/or on-fire wrecks. The few examples have been into junkyards as their drivetrain components crap out one by That’s a shame, because the Celica All-Trac Turbo from the factory with 200 force-fed horsepower, which was berserk for the era.

You’d great fun with a perfectly All-Trac Celica, if you could find one. Heads up, we’ve discovered this Toyota Celica All-Trac in Oregon (go here if the listing with a refreshingly exact price of $1,100.

Now, for that low price got to expect a basket case of proportions a few rough spots and there, but there’s plenty of no to fear! The engine might not be ready for action, what the seller’s ominous statement, had a knock and previous owner to disconnect it. That could anything from several rods floating in a milkshake in the oil pan big holes cut in the block with a during the disconnect process to… no need to go there. It’ll be The body is pretty well up, lots of parts are missing, and the wheels have been by some fast-n-furious units. But as far as you can tell, all the glass is good! How could it be?

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Toyota Celica coupe VII
Toyota Celica coupe VII
Toyota Celica coupe VII
Toyota Celica coupe VII
Toyota Celica coupe VII
Toyota Celica coupe VII


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