I drove to my local liquor store one day years ago (2000 or 2001) and to my surprise there was a showing of souped up modded old Chevys and Fords. Probably about 25 cars total that looked amazing.
The old domestics from the forties, fifties to early sixties.
Honestly, I felt intimidated even parking next to one of those cars. I went into the store got a pack of smokes and a 6 of Hop Devil and went out to my car where a group of 5 or so people were looking at my car.
They all loved it, until the moment when they asked "what's under the Hood
I told them a 1.8 liter 4 banger pretty much stock.
I could see it in their eyes the disappointment, yet they stayed to ask even more questions.
I left there with great pride.
Even till this day people see the 7th gen Celica and know it's special and underrated as some of them learn the hard way.