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Autotrader Find: 1997 Toyota Paseo Convertible


When’s the last time you saw a Toyota Paseo? Toyowas being a slightly more stylish alternative to the Tercel in an era where automakers generally offered 2-door coupe counterparts to most of their sedans. In both of its generations, the Tercel packed a basic 4-cylinder engine making between 93 and 100 horsepower and sending power to the front wheels via either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.ta‘s competitor to vehicles like the Nissan NX and the Mazda MX-3, the Paseo was a sporty front-wheel-drive coupe based loosely on the Tercel. It was offered over two generations during the 1990s. The first was sold through the 1991 to 1995 model years, and the second-gen model was offered for just 1996 and 1997 here in the US.

The Paseo wasn’t as much about performance as it 

What we have here is a rare convertible Paseo which was offered only for the 1997 model year here in the US. The conversion was done by a company called ASC, an acronym that originally stood for American Sunroof Company before the company changed it to American Specialty Cars to reflect their expansion into a variety of endeavors, which included changing fixed-roof vehicles into convertibles. You might never have heard of ASC, but you’re undoubtedly familiar with their work. Beyond the Paseo, ASC was responsible for convertible versions of such vehicles as the Chevrolet Cavalier, the Mitsubishi 3000GT, and Toyota’s own Camry Solara, among others.

This Toyota Paseo convertible is located at a dealership in North Canton, OH with 77,302 miles on the odometer. The seller claims it’s one of just 2,800 Paseo convertibles sold in the US. While the listing states it’s an automatic, the photos clearly show a manual shift knob. It comes with an asking price of just over $6,000. If nothing else, buy it for the cool seats. Find a Toyota Paseo for sale

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Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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