Version “A,” below, is probably the least conventional-looking of the set, even still I think it’s stylish.

1997 Toyota Camry wagon styling proposal sketch A

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.

1997 Toyota Camry wagon styling proposal sketch B

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.

1997 Toyota Camry wagon styling proposal sketch C

This last one, version “D,” has a very squared rear section. Still looks good to me.

1997 Toyota Camry wagon styling proposal sketch D

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.

1997 Toyota Camry styling interior 1

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.

1997 Toyota Camry styling interior 2

They’re all attractive but this next one was the winner. But seriously, Smurf blue?

1997 Toyota Camry styling interior 3

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.

1997 Toyota Camry styling interior

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.

1997 Toyota Camry

I hope you enjoyed this look at the 1997 Toyota Camrys that almost were.




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