These third generation Celica's never really thrilled us, but anytime the Alltrac badge makes an appearance you have our attention. Against some odds this one has ended up with a valid Alaskan title - apparently thanks to a Japanese diplomat. We're not sure if diplomatic immunity will apply in the lower 48 but color us interested.
The seller claim that this 1997 Alltrac was brought over by a Japanese diplomat in the late 90's and had a great deal of work performed in order to make it "legal" - including ABS, dual airbags, and daytime running lights.
We're not sure what any of that has to do with making this car legal but ABS was an option for some of the early Japanese market models so it is possible that it was added once stateside. We imagine retrofitting dual airbags would be a painful affair.
The speedometer was changed over to miles though and currently reads just 63,000. Photos show a car that looks extremely clean both inside and out with a few dings here and there.
The 3S-GTE motor makes over 230 HP in this car, and it was available in US MR2s of the era so parts shouldn't be too hard to source. We imagine that it's much more pleasant to work on when it’s in the Celica's engine bay too.
The clutch will need to be replaced soon and a timing belt is also due according to the Toyota service schedule so factor that into your purchase price along with freight from Alaska.
RHD isn't our favorite, but we like the idea of making Skyline's look common with this Japanese rarity. If we bought this one, we'd plan a cross country trip to bring it home and try to track down that Japanese diplomat to get the full story.
Buy this Last Gen Alltrac on eBay in Anchorage, Alaska.
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