V6 with 2000 Toyota Camry LE and a manual (!)

After nearly two decades of Corona sales in the United States, Toyota finally replaced the old rear-wheel-drive sedan with a brand new front-wheel-drive sedan in the spring of 1983. That car was a Camry (don’t get me wrong Silica Camry, which was only available in Japan) and can be purchased from the beginning with a five-on-the-floor manual transmission. When the first Camrys with the V6 engine hit the American road in the 1988 model year, buyers could get a five-speed manual on those cars (though rarely did), and Toyota continued to sell new cameras in the USA V6 / manual combination in the 2001 model year. An incredibly rare camry from the 2000s, including this Powertrain combination, was found in a car graveyard in the shadow of Pike’s Peak.

Car buyers in the US can still get a new one Four-Cylinder Camry with a five-speed manual through the 2011 model year (some sources claim that a few sold here with three pedals from 2012, but I became increasingly skeptical about it), and later almost all cars were probably low-trim-level units. Bought by Penny-Pincher because it automatically costs extra.

In 2000, a car buyer who wanted a sedan with more power and a hot-rod manual transmission, on the other hand, preferred the Sporter more than the Camry. The Ford Contour SVT, say, or the Nissan Maxima SE, can both have the Camry V6 for money. Then there was Camry Solara, which subtracted two doors and added many more Cool (An extra six horses) on the same bulletproof platform. Anyone who has just bought this car wants a slipper, something (logically) fast and invisible.

To give you an idea of ​​how rare this car should be, I see hundreds of junk cameras every year during my racking-yard trip (because I always look for manual cameras and high-mileage machines) and before the new V6 / manual I The camera I found was a 1991 model.

The 3.0-liter V6 has a horsepower rating of 194, 26 less than the V6 of the same year Maxima SE and six less than the V6 in the Contour SVT. Still, it was fun enough to run this camera.

Toyota moved to digital odometers for cameras during this time, so there is no way to tell how many miles it had at the end of the driving career (well, there Is There is a way to boot the ECU and read the odometer in a junk yard car but this is a real headache).

The interior looks dilapidated but has not been abused and most of the body damage appears to have occurred after entering the junkyard ecosystem. I think this car was well behaved and drove at least a few million miles in its lifetime.

Because both handles on the outside of the front door are broken (a common problem with Toyota in this era living in high-UV sunny areas), we can assume that the final owner of this car got it as a hand-me-down and couldn’t or won’t fix it. There Is No-budget way to solve this problem, sure, but when the car is sedan you can only open one rear door and reach one of the front door handles.

The LE V6 was the 2000 Camry’s most luxurious trim level to be purchased with a manual transmission. The MSRP for this car was $ 22,258 (approximately $ 37,161 for 22 2022) and automatically added another 800 800 (now around $ 1,335) if you insist on two pedals – like some tiny fraction of 2000 sedan buyers. In that sense, the optional leather seat in this car costs $ 1,100 (today $ 1,836).

Remember the fancy smash hit “I’m Too Sexy” in 1991? Toyota marketers, almost a decade later, and the results of this TV ad. Very sexy for dry cleaning. Very sexy for car wash. Or, like reading the text at the end of the commercial: You Stylin ‘every day.

I was hoping to find better ads for this car’s JDM competitor, but they seem pretty ridiculous.

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