1997 Toyota Camry
Version “A,” below, is probably the least conventional-looking of the set, even still I think it’s stylish.
With the roofline stretching to the back of the car, the Camry’s flat, wedge-like shape seems to complete its thought. I really like the form. This second wagon, version “B,” was the winning entry.
Compared closely, the rears are quite different. The D-pillars offer some of the greatest variation but the C-pillars change too. All four are nice but this next one, version “C,” is my favorite.
This last one, version “D,” has a very squared rear section. Still looks good to me.
After seeing the wagon versions of this generation Camry, the sedan made a lot more sense. In fact, I read that the wagon received a significant amount of attention to move it upmarket.
Last, I wanted to share some shots of interior drawings.
Maybe Toyota’s exteriors were getting a little bland but their interiors were still cutting edge. This is good stuff for 1997, even for today.
They’re all attractive but this next one was the winner. But seriously, Smurf blue?
As you can see, most of the changes pivot around the gauge cluster; the center stack remains mostly unchanged other than where it connects with the dash.
Lastly, here’s a nice picture of a 1997 Camry in a perfectly-fitting beige color. Although, you know what the car looks like, you probably encounter a few dozen of these every day.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the 1997 Toyota Camrys that almost were.