NO RESERVE 1997 Toyota RAV4 5-Speed Manual

Now up for auction at no reserve is this 1997 Toyota XA10 RAV4 2-door finished in Natural White over a Gray cloth interior. Toyota's first crossover SUV, the RAV4 was introduced in 1994 based on the Corolla unibody chassis and went on to become one of Toyota’s best-selling models and was even named 1997 Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine. This rare 2-door 5-speed manual 1997 example was sold from Westbury Toyota and remained under the care of its original owner up until 2020 when it was acquired by the current owner.  Remaining very nicely preserved while showing approximately 151K miles on the odometer, this first-generation RAV4 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of New York.

This RAV4 is finished in Natural White (056) with dark gray lower body cladding and bumpers. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with paint meter readings and a clean CARFAX report. Some exterior features include pop-out rear quarter windows a covered full-size spare mounted on the rear. This RAV4 rides on its original 16” wheels clad in Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S tires that were reportedly installed about 5 years ago.

The interior features Gray cloth upholstered seats with blue/grey patterned inserts along with matching door panels and carpet. The interior is described to be in excellent condition given the age of the car, with all instrumentation and accessories functioning properly.  Driver amenities include roll-up windows, air conditioning, and a digital clock. A Bluetooth-enabled head unit was installed by the current owner, and new OEM floor mats were fitted in 2020.

Renowned for its reliability and economics, the original RAV4 is powered by a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine factory rated at 120 HP and 125 lb.-ft of torque. The front wheels are driven through a rare 5-speed manual gearbox. This RAV4 is said to have been maintained exclusively through Huntington Toyota with service records dating back to 2015.

This sale will include the original owner's manuals and documentation wallet, and a clean New York title. As the original lender no longer exists, the seller is unable to obtain duplicate paperwork.  The seller has offered to provide a written guarantee to the purchaser stating that there are no active liens on the vehicle.  Offered at no reserve, this rare 5-speed RAV4 offers an excellent value for anyone in search of a unique vintage daily driver.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $6,500
  • Auction End: 2021-08-12 19:06:20+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 20
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Comments (44)

  • ca56ny 1 month, 1 weekago

    Sold for $6,500

  • ca56ny 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $6,500

  • Huarra4321 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $6,250

  • ca56ny 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $5,750

  • dre1331 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $5,250

  • Huarra4321 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • dre1331 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $4,500

  • ca56ny 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $4,250

  • dre1331 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $3,750

  • canadafire 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $3,500

  • dre1331 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $3,250

  • ca56ny 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $3,000

  • dre1331 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $2,750

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector - Great idea! We like to pay things forward!

  • ca56ny 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $2,500

  • Fu-Schnickens (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    This seems like a good candidate for Jeff Lane's museum.

  • dre1331 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $2,000

  • PCARMARKET_MODERATOR 1 month, 1 weekago

    A copy of the lien release has been added to the listing gallery.

  • bhmohio 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $1,750

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Slava1, make a small donation to a food bank or a scholarship if you are so inclined. Happy to help. You owe me nothing.

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector May I send you a bottle of wine?)

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    I would like to let all the potential buyers know that I obtained the release letter from Penske financial. There is no more lien holder we need to worry about. It will be attached to a Title.

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    You can send me my commission anytime @Slava1

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector Thank you so much for your help!

  • Joshree 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $1,500

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Morally, I owe this disclosure to all bidders and seller.

    I figured out how to get the lien released and informed @PCarMarket.

    Took me 5 minutes to find the surviving entity, which is Penske Automotive. And another 5 minute phone call to get a call back this morning and get instructions on lien release.

    Y'all welcome!

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Slava1 I have reached a dead end it seems... will keep trying today as time allows.

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector Thank you for your help with Title! Please let me know if I can get rid of the lien info on it.

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @dominick.atx please don't worry. I transfered the car to my name back in 2020 from my friend and didn't have any problems at DMV. I explained the situation to them and they didn't have any problem for switching Titles to my name.

  • dominick.atx (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector this one is starting to look like it might not be a good idea… stuck in purgatory?? I’ve never bought a vehicle that had a lien from an institution that no longer existed.

  • mdp5094 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $1,000

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector Thank you for your comments! I will upload the title without my personal information. Please let me know if you have suggestions or even familiar with financial institution of the lien holder on my Title. It came as a surprise to me after I received the title under my name with a lien holder.

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Not trying to throw cold water on your sale, honestly, I just have been here before as both a buyer and a seller and its a tough spot.

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Slava1, if you transferred the title from your friends name into your name, the lien branding would not transfer to you as the new owner. Could you upload a photo of the front and back of the title? Of course you can obscure/redact your personal information. With a lien that cannot be released due to the bank no longer existing and no known survivorship, the title is not a marketable title and the vehicle is somewhat stuck in purgatory.

  • dominick.atx 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $750

  • mdp5094 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $500

  • dominick.atx (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Slava1 thanks for the info!

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @dominick.atx -- In 2020 I transferred the title to my name from my friend (he is the original owner). There was no problem in the DMV. I don't think it should be a problem to transfer to another state. I also am cleaning out my friend's attic and may yet find the info we need!!!

  • dominick.atx (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    @Fringecarcollector do you think a buyer would be able to title this in another state with that old lien on it?

  • dominick.atx 1 month, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $250

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Hi, the is Slava -- the seller of the RAV4. It's a great vehicle and surprisingly fast off a right light due to the manual transmission and light weight! When the back seats are folded it's also very roomy -- you can pack a lot into the back. And you can pack it ANYWHERE -- lol, it is flexible to maneuver and small. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.

  • Slava1 (seller) 1 month, 1 weekago

    We have gone down several paths including multiple DMV conversations and have come up empty. Sigh. There is no surviving bank that is linked to the original lien holder. Thank you for your advice!

  • Fringecarcollector (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    If the bank no longer exists it was probably purchased or merged with another. My experience dictates that you'll need a "merger letter" from the surviving bank, signed and sealed, and a lien release signed and sealed.

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NO RESERVE 1997 Toyota RAV4 5-Speed Manual
Final bid: $6,500 This auction has ended.