2002 Toyota Celica VVTi (T230)
Tidy and appealing 7th Gen Coupe with punchy 140bhp engine and slick 6-speed 'box; 15 service stamps, father & son owned for the last 5 years; ready to go
Supplied new by Struan Toyota of Perth to its first owner in May 2002, this stylish, sleek and angular coupe is finished in Silver Haze (IDO) and sits on its original five-spoke 16” alloy wheels with factory rear spoiler.
Under the bonnet of this 7th Generation Celica, known as the T230, we find the standard 1.8-litre four-cylinder 1ZZ-FE featuring variable valve timing (VVTi) which develops 140bhp, driving the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission. This unit offers a great combination of punchy performance (particularly up in the rev range when the VVTi kicks in), combined with economy. On that note, CNNMoney.com rated the Celica as one of the top cars to buy for performance Vs. economy in 2004.
Inside, we find a sporty interior (with proper rear seats offering realistic seating for four) featuring dark grey leather, subtle two-tone dash, trim and door cards, electric windows, electric mirrors, air-conditioning, central locking, glass tilt and slide sunroof as well as retrofit touch screen in car entertainment.
Showing just 89,386 miles, the car looks well with few marks or signs of age bar some flaking to a couple of the alloy wheels, commensurate with that, but readily solvable with a refurb or change of wheel. The history file incudes the V5C revealing just three former keepers to the current, the former also being the son of the current, who have enjoyed the car between them.
We also find the owner’s pack, service book recording an impressive 15 stamps, with 14 all by the same Toyota dealer, Arnold Clarke plus most recent in February 2022 at 89,151 miles. The recent service also included fitment of a new ABS sensor and then in March 2022 a new CV joint. There are a few other bills from a few years ago for brake discs, pads and other sundries.
The car saw little use during the pandemic spending some of that time in storage (2020 – 2022) but is now back in action with a current MOT valid until February 2023 showing just three minor advisories for wear to a brake disc, slight handbrake bind and a brake pipe corroded or covered in grease/other material.
Ready to be enjoyed, these are proper up-and-coming Modern Classics. This car has been featured in a forthcoming article by Kelsey Media in an Affordable Classics piece - if the article goes to press before the auction goes live, we shall include a link for your viewing pleasure!
On offer at No Reserve, the highest bid takes this sporty coupe home.
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Reg No: SP02XDK
Chassis Number: JTDDR38T800127134
Engine Number: 1ZZ0938244
Engine Size: 1794
Docs: V5C; old V5C; owner's pack & service book with 14 stamps; invoices; MOT Feb-23 with 3 advisories
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