After nearly two decades of, finally replaced with in the spring of 1983. That car was (not to be confused with , which was available only in ) and it could be purchased with a from the very beginning. When the first Camrys hit American streets with V6 engines during , buyers could get a five-speed manual in those cars (though very few did), and Toyota USA continued selling new Camrys with the V6/manual combination until . Here’s an incredibly rare 2000s with that powertrain combination, found in .
Car shoppers in the United States could still get a new four-cylinder Camry with a five-speed manual through(some sources claim that a few were sold here with three pedals, but I have become increasingly skeptical about that), and nearly all of those later cars were because the automatic cost extra.
A car shopper in 2000 who sought a sedan with big power and a hot-rod manual transmission, on the other hand, had plenty of choices much sportier than the Camry., say, or the , both of which could be had for Camry V6 money. Then there was the , which subtracted two doors and added a lot more cool (plus an extra six horses) to the same bulletproof platform. Whoever bought this car new wanted a sleeper, something (reasonably) fast and invisible.
To give you an idea of how rare this car must be, I peer into hundreds of junked Camrys every year during(because I’m always looking for manual Camrys and ) and the newest V6/manual Camry I’d found prior to this one was .
The horsepower rating of this 3.0-liter V6 came to 194, which was 26 less than the same-yearSE’s V6 and six less than the V6 in the SVT. Still, this Camry would have been fun enough to drive.
Toyota had gone to digital odometers for the Camry by this time, so there’s no way to tell how many miles were on this one when its driving career ended (well, there is a way to boot up theand read the odometer on a junkyard car but
The interior looks worn but not abused and most of the body damage appears to have taken place after entering. I think this car was treated well and driven for at least a couple of hundred thousand miles during its life.
Because both front outside door handles are broken (living ), we can assume that the final owner of this car got it as a hand-me-down and couldn’t or wouldn’t get it fixed. There are , sure, but when the car is a sedan you can just open a back door and reach around to one of the front inside door handles.
The LE V6 was the most luxurious trim level of 2000 Camry that could be purchased with a manual transmission. The MSRP on this car was $22,258 (about $37,161 in 2022 dollars) and the automatic added another 800 bucks (around $1,335 now) if you— like all but some tiny fraction of 2000 sedan shoppers— insisted on two pedals. Just to put that in perspective, the optional leather seats in this car cost $1,100 ($1,836 today).
Rememberfrom 1991? Toyota’s marketers did, nearly a decade later, and this TV commercial was the result. Too sexy for the dry cleaning. Too sexy for the . Or, as the text reads at the end of the commercial: you’re stylin’. every day.
I was hoping to find better commercials for this car’s JDM counterpart, but they seem pretty schmaltzy.