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50 Shades of Beige: A Visual History of the Toyota Camry

Car and Driver Logo By Joey Capparella, Austin Irwin of Car and Driver | Slide 3 of 18: Available in both sedan and liftback body styles, the first-generation Toyota Camry measured 175.6 inches long (for some perspective, that’s 16.5 inches shorter than today’s Camry). It was initially offered with a 2.0-liter fuel-injected single-overhead-cam inline-four engine producing 92 horsepower, mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. A turbo-diesel was added later in the model’s run, but was only a small percentage of total sales. More spacious than the Corona, the Camry quickly gained a hold in the U.S. market, winning over buyers with its comfortable ride and trouble-free reliability. Car and Driver was impressed with the car but hardly thrilled. In our 1983 road test, we called the Camry “a nice, well-behaved four-wheeled valet that will get you where you’re going with no muss, no fuss, and no bother.”

Genesis of a Best-Seller

Available in both sedan and liftback body styles, the first-generation Toyota Camry measured 175.6 inches long (for some perspective, that’s 16.5 inches shorter than today’s Camry). It was initially offered with a 2.0-liter fuel-injected single-overhead-cam inline-four engine producing 92 horsepower, mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. A turbo-diesel was added later in the model’s run, but was only a small percentage of total sales. More spacious than the Corona, the Camry quickly gained a hold in the U.S. market, winning over buyers with its comfortable ride and trouble-free reliability. Car and Driver was impressed with the car but hardly thrilled. In our 1983 road test, we called the Camry “a nice, well-behaved four-wheeled valet that will get you where you’re going with no muss, no fuss, and no bother.”

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