The public lost interest in these cars: inexpensive coupes.
The flame flickered out between 1999 and 2006 for the seventh generation Celica. It had one engine in two states of tune and this terrible A-pillar.
I can think of a few cars with a single detail that ruins the whole thing. For me, the drastic upward curve of the Celica mirror-sail panel makes it a deal-breaker. The rest of the car hangs together quite well in an -ish way.
The Mk 1 Citroen C5’s gormless lamps would be another deal-smasher although the rest of the car could be called unfathomable too.
Saab’s 1998 9-3 has an unfortunate bonnet to wing panel gap that kills the car and Alfa’s first series 166 headlamps ruin an otherwise appealing saloon. The Peugeot 206 joins the list with its protruding rear mirror base, formed by a bulge on the front wing. Are there others we can think of?
For the moment we can dwell on the Celica last hurragh: cheaper, lighter, more modern and ultimate, in the non-cool, doomed sense of the word.