I miss my 1995 Celica. The engine wasn't much to write home about, but everything else about the car was so tight. Loved the sized, loved the seating position, loved getting mistaken for a Supra
Yup, had mine for 10 years. Loved that thing to pieces! The US market really got the shit end of the stick when it came to engines for that generation -- either you got a 100hp 1.8L 7A-FE Corolla engine (mine), or a 130hp 2.4L 5S-FE Camry engine. The Japanese market got a 165hp 2.0L 3S-GE, a 200hp 2.0L 3S-GE with VVTi-ish (known as the BEAMS), and finally the 250hp 2.0L 3S-GTE with AWD.I always loved those 90s Celicas. My dad had a '91 when I was younger. Super Red II, looked amazing, and was a lot of fun to ride in (assuming you weren't in the back). That was also at the peak of Toyota reliability and ease of maintenance.
If I had the time and money to take it on as a project car, I would buy an ST205 in an instant. With the 25-year rule they're starting to come onto the import market.