Curbside Classic: Toyota Sera – Wings Don’t Make It Fly

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Toyota Sera

Curbside Classic: Toyota – Wings Don’t Make It Fly

8, 2011

There are many that are essentially defined by a feature: the DeLorean with its steel body panels; the canopy of the Messerschmitt; the gas tank on a Ford Pinto. Perhaps one of the known examples would be the Sera, with its trick Just don’t call scissor, gullwing or Lambo doors, as any Sera owner is to set you straight; they are butterfly just like on a McLaren F1. But where any comparison to that car In the words of Bill Clinton: can put wings on a pig, but you don’t it an eagle”

Hinged on the A-panel, the Sera’s lift up and out in the tightest of places, would certainly help in the market the Sera was sold in, According to Wikicars, 43cm (17 clearance is all you need, but somehow I Seras were sold on the factor rather than any reasons.

Something a bit more with similar styling the fancy doors) would get you a Paseo, which is essentially the Sera is. Both the Paseo and are in turn based on the Tercel, or the market Starlet, which its 1.5L 5E-FHE four engine making all of 108hp. that not be enough punch to the exotic doors, an engine with a donor Starlet GT and its engine is just a shipping from Japan away. A pig still isn’t an eagle.

A common misconception about the is that it was only available an automatic transmission. This is how were built and sold, that Japan is almost as of the automatic gearbox as the US, but both a speed manual and the four automatic were available.

the sporty looks of the Sera, it is not known as a performance machine in straight line speed or A good part of the reason is all the weight of the doors, which of ends up exactly where you want it; up high. All that glass area means the is also a bit more softly

Toyota Sera

Air conditioning was fitted to each and Sera as all that glass just like a green on warm days. The rear must be prone to getting under that massive one rear glass. On the plus visibility must be fantastic. were panels to provide on the top glass part of the door but our has installed some of mural on the of their Sera to kept the sun out and pay homage to their favorite It looked to be a similar material those window bus ads that you to mostly see out are made of.

Seras are now worldwide thanks to grey imports in places such as New Zealand, Canada and the United This one has found its way to western thanks to our “fifteen-years old and it’s rules. It is actually one of a handful town which is remarkable less than sixteen were produced and were sold half a world It can perhaps be partially explained by having historically had one of the lower of imported Japanese cars, due to lack of performance image at the same time being distinctive.


The Sera did have a few other tricks up its sleeve including one of the uses of project headlights, a its predecessor the Toyota AXV-II car of 1988 didn’t have. A after option is the so called Live Surround Sound or to turn your Sera a mobile sound capsule. It ten speakers, a Digital Sound various head units and presets to shake a stick at.

It is certainly easy to suspect the Sera is a bit of a one trick pony, and one can imagine every one you’d see at a car would have its doors much like Corvair always seem to have rear mounted engines on Why not? Show and tell. it doesn’t have wild but not every car needs fire dragon performance as some perhaps pose with butterfly doors. Unlike one trick ponies though, the doesn’t seem to have any weakness and its pedestrian mechanical are only a Paseo away, a McLaren F1. A cute and reliable with wings; what’s not to even if it can’t fly?

Toyota Sera
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