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Here’s why I want a Toyota Sera

The Coolest Toyota ever?

2y ago

Have you ever thought to yourself “gosh, I wish I had a McLaren F1”? Well did you know you can! (sort of).

This is the Toyota Sera and what a cool car it is. Made from 1990 to 1995, the Sera was Toyota’s attempt at building a quirky and unique FWD ‘sports’ hatchback in the 90s. The Sera is a 3-door hatchback with a 2+2 seating layout but there’s something slightly different about these doors.

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That’s right, as you can see from the pictures, this car has those doors widely loved by rappers today, its butterfly doors. This is the only ‘normal’ car I think I have ever seen with factory fitted butterfly doors. Another very cool feature on the Sera is the epic looking rear glass which I can only describe as looking a bit like the rear glass from a Porsche 911 Targa.

Despite all this glass, the Sera only weighs 930kg which to put that into a slightly odd perspective is the equivalent to around 100 sausage dogs, but perhaps slightly larger ones.

In terms of engine, the Sera is packing a 1.5L inline 4 which was commonly used in Toyotas at this time including the Paseo and Starlet, so nothing special there. It came with either a 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual gearbox.

As you can imagine, Toyota sold quite a few of these but nowhere near as many as the Corolla, resulting in 15,941 being made in the 5 years it was in production.

It is rumored that the McLaren F1 designer, Gordon Murray saw this car as inspiration for the F1, just the doors mind you. Whether this is true or not I don’t know but it’s cool if it is.

The doors have a very clever hinge design which Toyota should be very proud of. The doors themselves are supported by thick gas struts (so I’ve been told) and are counterbalanced by secondary ones inside the door. The windows are where it gets very clever. As you can see the window actually curves over the roof like the door of a 2005 Ford GT and sort of cocoons you in this little greenhouse of a car.

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I’m not sure whether these doors were designed for convenience or ‘coolness’ purposes but either way, I’m glad Toyota did it.

The rear part of the car is almost entirely made of glass and looks fantastic, I just wouldn’t want to sit in this car in the heat… As a result of all this glass however, the B-pillar is huge. But luckily all that glass makes up for the blind spots.

The interior is nice enough, it’s very Toyota 90s like but I like it. The coolest part must be looking up and imagining you’re in a spaceship. If Rick and Morty was set in the early 90s, they would definitely be using one of these. One thing to note about the interior is the ‘Super Live Surround Sound’ speaker system some came with. It featured 10 speakers, a few of which say right behind the rear seats. This is one of the most popular options for the Sera enthusiast and I bet it sounds good.

Another rather nice touch is that many came with a unique air freshener system which was essentially an air freshener connected to the cars A/C that would pump out bursts of refreshing smells so your car doesn’t smell bad. How nice of Toyota. To name a few, the scent options you can have are ‘Morning Green’ (which was in fact orange), ‘Peppermint’, White Herb (which was green), and ‘Sazan Floral’. What a lovely selection to make your car smell like a dental practice.

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I have never seen one before and certainly never heard of it before today. I had a look on the internet if there are any for sale and found one in Lithuania for £4,999 and it was hideous to say the least. Who in their right mind owns a yellow/gold Toyota with green rim protectors. I had to step away from the internet for a bit…

But, saying that. If you are looking for a yellow/gold Toyota Sera with green rim protectors and live near the town of Kaunas in Lithuania then boy have I found the car for you…

Does the Sera tickle your fancy?

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Comments (21)

  • There was one parked outside my school everyday. I think it got me into cars majorly. That roof is just amazing.

      2 years ago
  • me before reading the article: What is this and why don't I have it?!

      2 years ago
  • The Sera is a very very cool car. It hasn't got all that much power but it's got a lot of street presence especially with those gull-wing doors. Nice choice, Ben!

      2 years ago
  • My first car ......

    plus driving it in Indian heat has its own advantages. It’s like a travelling sauna ..... excellent for weight loss .

      11 months ago
  • There's a junked up one near my friend's place. RIP

      2 years ago