1988 Toyota Celica Convertible JDM RHD

1988 Toyota Celica Convertible

Technical specifications of Toyota Celica 1988

Price: US $5,000.00
Item location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Make: Toyota
Model: Celica
Type: Convertible
Trim: Convertible
Year: 1988
Mileage: 83,000
VIN: 00000000000000000
Color: Black
Engine size: 2.0 3S-FE
Number of cylinders: 4
Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: FWD
Interior color: Gray
Drive side: Right-hand drive
Options: Convertible
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

VIN ST1627212811

I’ve this Celica for 4 years. It’s been a great car. Incredibly reliable. I’ve put way more money into in that I’ll ever get back, but a life takes you in different directions and it’s time to pass it on for someone else to enjoy.

The 4th gen Celica convertibles (ST-162) in this country were base models, and had few features other than power windows. Not so on the JDM model. They do share the same 3S-FE engine. The JDM model featured climate control, cruise control (still works), power folding power mirrors, 5 lug hubs (instead of 4 lug, however still rear drum brakes), rear trunk wing & mud flaps(like the GT-Four), and smoked front turn signals with separate parking bulbs.

I’ve never had a problem that stopped it from cranking or being driven. The AC compressor was replaced and converted to R134. I dailyed it for the better part of 3 years. This last year was only on nice days with the top down, as I was working on and driving another JDM car I bought. It’s an utter joy to drive, and gets a lot of attention with the top down. The interior is incredibly nice with original matching 5 piece floor mats, and a new top.

Plugs, wires, distributor done about 2 years ago.

Nexen N5000 tires with better than 50% tread.

New struts 2 years ago (and due to shipping error, I have a spare front cartridge).

Regular oil changes every 5000km

Transmission fluid changed and radiator flushed 2 years ago.

New front brake pads, rotors weren’t very worn so just turned.

New rear brake shoes, drums and replaced all worn drum parts. (JDM Celicas are all 5 lug, not 4 like USDM. Interesting search for drums. It’s 86 Camry for future reference).

AC compressor went out in the first year, as I mentioned. All new and converted to R134

New top from Convertibletopguys. It’s an ASC spec replacement. Looks Factory fresh.

New hydraulic pistons for the top

Rebuilt hydraulic pump for the top

The climate controls in the generation are notorious for being faulty due to brittle solder. This unit has been resoldered and all functions work perfectly.

Rebadged front and rear (more below)

5000K HID hi/lo bulbs.

Covercraft Noah fitted car cover

Has original Toyota branded tool kit with folding tire wedge.

The driver mirror tilt has to be adjusted manually.

The power fold mirror feature doesn’t work. This generation is know for this issue as well. The material used for the gearing deteriorates over time. The motors still function.

Paint is decent. It has some minor scratches, from daily driving, but not major flaws.

If you’ve looked at JDM cars, many have TV or Nav installed on the dash. It was removed before it left Japan, and they tore the dash. I have covered it with a no slip cell phone pad, and it does a fairly nice job of concealing the damage.


88 was a facelift year for the Celica with changes to tail lights and grill.

2 Sets of 88 tail lights, if you want to change them out. They aren’t perfect, but they are getting hard to find.

USDM gauge cluster (had toyed with swapping in MPH speedo)

The original grill trim and headlight trim that was painted same color as the car.

The car currently has a set of 87 grill trim and headlight trim that was modified to fit the 88 grill.

I recently found correct 88 grill trim and headlight trim, but haven’t installed yet.

I found a set of OEM aluminum wheels from an 87 GT-S model. The need to be refinished, but are in overall good shape. While I prefer most of the 88 model changes, I like the 86-87 wheels better.

Feel free to ask any questions.

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