I haven’t seen many red Carinas so far… Of course I’ve seen the infamous Carina Firevan, but not a factory red Carina…

About three weeks ago Kyteler sent me an email about a red Carina for sale at the Toyspeed.org.nz forums:
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63

Unfortunately I could not get in touch with the seller since the forums need approval of your account and I still haven’t been approved so far… 🙁
Lucky enough Roman posted the same Carina at AEU86.

The Carina itself looks good if you consider its age and mileage:
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63

The car is already 24 years old and an average of 11k kilometers per year. The car travelled 270000 kilometers so far!

Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63

According to the seller the hood (and fender) have been repainted prior to his ownership. Most probably with a roller or a brush…

The engine may look good from the outside:
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63

But from the inside it is not that great anymore: blue smoke is seen when cold started or put under stress. In other words: either rebuild the engine or put in a new one. I’d go for the new one: rebuilding a 270k engine doesn’t make much sense. 😉

Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63
Red 1985 Carina GTR AA63

The interior still looks amazing after 270k!

If you consider all the extras (14×6 Work Equip 01 wheels, torsen LSD, 4 new Monroe Shocks and a spare boot lid) the car is not that expensive for an asking price of $2000! (2800 NZ dollars)