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Auto Sun & Air Cabriolet

Discussion in 'Videos and Images' started by MattC, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. scottjackson1209

    scottjackson1209 Well-Known Member Donated!

    $2500 down to $750 within the last year....wonder what happened. wonder if it is still the same owner

    And either I dont pay very well attention or those are some weird tail lights...can't say i've ever noticed any like that before....am I just oblivious? I notice the first one has them as well...
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  2. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    I would say different owner, the number plates have been changed.

    The ad reads "runs well, needs new battery.good tires and 3 months rego" (you can see the whole ad here). It was for sale around this time last year, I would guess that the current owner bought it then with nearly a full years registration, so theres close to $1000 in it's value, and now it's nearly out of rego again, won't start and either he doesn't know why or doesn't want to pay to fix it. It's still great value though, if it wasn't four hours away I'd be tempted to go and have a look..
     
  3. invinciblejets

    invinciblejets Well-Known Member Donated!


    Those are just pre facelift coupe/vert lights....I had them on my vert
     
  4. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Another one found, this one for sale in South Australia.

    Note that this one is missing the vents on the C-pillars, some have them some don't. I thought maybe it was a facelift/pre-facelift thing, but seems to be random. Original purchasers choice, perhaps. This is also the first one I've seen with the factory rear spoiler, note the "Cabriolet" decal on the left side of it.

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  5. invinciblejets

    invinciblejets Well-Known Member Donated!

    Wow that one looks really good.
    Im curious to see the interior headliner on these I wish some one on the site had one....

    The color is nice too..
     
  6. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Another one. Good shots of how they cut the roof up. I would guess that they started with cars that already had a factory sunroof panel?

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  7. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Couple more. I found this one on Celispeed.com:

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    ..and here's the one that GazModz spotted earlier this year in SA. I'm quite jealous actually, I've never seen one in the wild :eek:

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  8. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Found a couple more Autosun cars up for sale;

    This one in Hobart for $2000:

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    and this one in SA for $1200

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  9. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Found another one. Check out the rear quarter window, you can just make out the sticker that says "Cabriolet by Autosun"

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  10. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Boy, it's been a long time since I updated this thread. I keep my eyes peeled for these Autosun cars, I'd very much like to own one some day. Here's a few recent finds:

    Heres another one with the factory side skirts. Looks like it's got the rear skirt as well, but not the bootlid spoiler.

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    This one popped up on Gumtree in a wrecking yard advertised as being parted out :sad The ad disappeared after a few days though, I sure hope someone saved the whole car

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    Heres one with some horrible graphics (well... it WAS the 1980's I suppose....). Note the rear roof section has been cheaply repaired with press-studs at some point.

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    Nothing too exciting, just a nice clean white one

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    This one needs a little TLC, but the advert was extremely interesting for two reasons. For one it included the build number of the car - this one is #22:

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    The second interesting thing about the ad for that car was that it included the only picture I've found so far of the interior headlining:

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    And finally, I've found a couple of pictures of the cover of the Auto Sun & Air brochure for the car. This one in particular is interesting because it has the recommended retail price of the car hand-written on it: $36,692. To give you some perspective on that, in 1987 you could have bought TWO base model family sedans for $36k...

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  11. CelicaSteve

    CelicaSteve Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    Good to see this thread alive again Matt. The black and white photo is a good find. I just haven't come across these in any Celica literature, where were they sold ?

    These are just the standard cabriolets we had in the UK, these Celicas were members of our UK group, but they are no longer with us

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    And here is one taken with mine and another former member (Alwayzsidewayz)

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  12. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Hi Steve,

    We never got the factory convertible. These cars are unique to Australia, they were converted when brand new by a company called Auto Sun & Air, which was a subsiduary of one of the biggest Toyota dealers in Australia. They were sold as a dealer option all over the country. I haven't found much literature on them either, just the cover of the brochure and a tiny snippet out of a newspaper. I'm going to start buying up local car magazines from 1985 to 89 and see if there was ever a review or any advertising for them.
     
  13. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

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  14. thesherv

    thesherv Well-Known Member Donated!

    Certainly unseen over here,very different!
     
  15. vic dat

    vic dat Well-Known Member

    Nice trailer hitch...
    We're those fe or ge motors? I noticed they we're all 4 lug nuts... Did they have rear drums?
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  16. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Vic - they were all FE motors. The Australian spec 162's were called SX (GE motor, rear discs) and ST (FE motor, rear drums, and some other cost savings like manual windows, no reach adjustment on the steering column, vinyl door car inserts instead of cloth, vinyl headlining instead of velour, poly steering wheel and gearknob instead of leather, no rear spoiler). For some reason we only got the coupes in ST trim, while you could get a hatch with either :confused:
     
  17. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    There's a pic of this car earlier in the thread (well, there WAS, until Photobucket decided to be dicks and blocked all the links), but it's popped up for sale now so here are some better pics. The guy is asking $2k, and says he spent $2k fixing the roof a couple years ago. Unfortunately (for me) its in South Australia, otherwise it would probably be in my driveway by now...

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  18. vic dat

    vic dat Well-Known Member

    image.jpg That's a rare beast ... I don't think I've ever seen one here in SoCal.

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  19. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    I very much doubt you would have, they were converted by Auto Sun & Air here in my home town of Sydney and I've only ever seen one of them on the road. I have no idea how many were actually produced, but in the 5 years that I've been looking out for them I've only found pictures of 19 different cars. I doubt more than 30 or 40 would have been built, they were quite expensive for the time - $35k in late 1980s dollars.

    There was a mob called Griffith in the US who did a similar job on the RA40 coupe in the 70's and called them the Sunchaser but I've never seen anything else quite like it in the ST162.
     

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