To turn the Celica GT-S into a convertible, Toyota enlisted the help of ASC, Inc. in Southgate, Michigan. ASC built a $5 million facility in Southern California to do the conversions, and Toyota sent specially reinforced Celica models there to be turned into sun-worshiping and expensive rarities. Fewer than 5,000 convertibles were built, and they carried a price tag of $17,669 — costing $6000 more than the GT-S coupe.
Once completed, the Celica GT-S convertible had a complex top mechanism that tilted the rear seats forward and used pantographic hinges on the trunk lid to clear space for the top to stow completely. Buyers could choose between a black cloth or white vinyl top, both of which came with a glass window with electric defroster.
The GT-S was equipped with Toyota’s 22R-E 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder engine, and a five-speed manual transmission, which propelled it from 0-60 in 11.5 seconds, and gave it a top speed of 105 mph. GT-S convertibles are still prized today despite the Celica being discontinued; one sold last month for $33,500.