As it turns out, the convertible model was introduced in the U.S. in August 1996 and the Paseo was discontinued in 1997. That means the Paseo Convertible was a one-year only car for the United States. According to Wikipedia, the convertible models were never offered in Britain or other markets.
According to a thread on ToyotaOwnersClub.com, only 2,700 Paseo coupes were sold in the U.S. in 1997. Of those, approximately 1,000 were convertible models were built by ASC in California.
The Paseo isn’t a particularly remarkable car, considering that it was in production alongside the MR2, the Celica, and the fourth-gen Supra – all of which are much more interesting from an enthusiast perspective. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Paseo convertible is its incredibly low production numbers. Here’s how the Paseo stacks up next to other low-production models of the 1990s.
|1989-1990||Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo ASC-McLaren||3,500 (?)|
|1989-1991||Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible Truck||3,800|
|1990-1995||Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1||6,939|
|1989-1991||Chrysler TC by Maserati||7,300|
I wonder how many other rare 90s cars are out there, yet to be discovered. I can say that I have a new appreciation for Toyota’s one-year only convertible Paseo in the U.S.