2001 Toyota Camry CE with Manual Transmission

I invest a lot of time going for walks the rows in large American car or truck graveyards searching for attention-grabbing automotive stories to explain to. In recent yrs I have been peering into each and every 1 of the thousands on thousands of Toyota Camrys I see, on the lookout for just one factor: the gearshift lever of an exceedingly exceptional 5-velocity manual transmission. Even though Toyota United states supplied a 5-on-the-ground Camry from the incredibly first ’83s all the way by the 2012 product yr, you see, the overlap between the “People who want a new Camry” team and the “People in america who are inclined to push a manual transmission” team became vanishingly little beginning in the early 1990s. Previous yr, I managed to spot a guide-outfitted 1997 Camry and, six months later, a 2000. After that, I remained caught on the last year of the 20th century (which was 2000, not 1999) in my three-pedal Camry quest… right until a number of months ago in Northern California, when I ran across this battered 2001 CE in Classic Pearl Pink.

1 of the primary factors that automatics grew to become so substantially far more preferred right here in the 1990s was a basic a single: invest in charge. If you wanted a new 1985 Camry Deluxe sedan with an automatic, it charge you an additional 800 bucks on a $8,948 auto (about $2,105 on a $23,574 car or truck in 2021 bones, or clams). Which is an addition of just about 9% to the out-the-door cost, and the relative expense of a two-pedal rig went up as the car’s sticker rate went down.

By 2000, a manual-geared up Camry CE begun at $17,675 though its slushbox-ified counterpart charge $18,475 (about $29,105 and $30,420 now). That is continue to an $800 automated ($1,315 in 2021), but it included a mere 2.75% to the value of the vehicle. For that rate, why would any Camry commuter be wiling to juggle a Massive Gulp, a cellphone and a shifter in halt-and-go website traffic?

It is value noting that the primary purchaser of this vehicle compensated $778 excess for the optional Price Bundle #1, which involved air conditioning (not conventional equipment on the foundation-quality CE Camry), power home windows and electrical power mirrors. This implies that the buyer wasn’t just likely for the lowest priced possible Camry, but as a substitute was the rare type of driver who prefers a handbook but continue to wants a no-nonsense sedan that will past a jillion miles.

American motor vehicle shoppers were able to phase into a Toyota dealership in 2001 and purchase a new Camry LE with a five-velocity guide and a 3.-liter V6 engine generating 200 horsepower. That automobile would have been an entertaining sleeper, but it value $22,385 (about $36,860 now). On top rated of that, this sort of a car shopper would have been drawn to the sleeker (and more cost-effective) Solara coupe. In the meantime, a new 2001 BMW 325i sedan with 5-on-the-ground cost just $26,990 and experienced rear-wheel-push, not to mention the 2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 sedan and its 190hp for $24,050. If any of you have at any time observed a 21st-century Camry LE with V6/manual set up, please enable me know.

I have often imagined that Toyota’s CE trim amount stood for Low-cost Edition, but in actuality it usually means Common Version (an individual pried off the CE badge on this motor vehicle, but the develop tag suggests it’s a CE). Most of the 2000s Camry CEs you may obtain will have started lifestyle as fleet cars, but couple of (if any) fleet purchasers will decide on just about anything with a manual transmission and therefore this vehicle was bought by an normal civilian purchaser.

The digital odometer indicates we will in no way know how several miles ended up on this car when it took that ultimate tow-truck trip to this position, but I will wager it was perfectly into the 200,000s and maybe beyond that. I’ll continue to keep wanting for an ’02 or later 3-pedal Camry throughout my upcoming junkyard explorations, but never maintain your breath for a junked guide-geared up 2012 model any time shortly.

US-current market Camry television promotion obtained less remarkable as the a long time wore on.

In Japan, the ’01 Camry adverts had been marginally funnier.