Singapore - The first time we set eyes on this stunner was back in 2017, during a Carmart event at Carros Centre. Besides the neon metallic green paintwork, this first generation A30 Toyota Celica GT was maintained in such pristine conditions, we were compelled to feature the ride.
So here we are, a couple of weeks later, back at Carros for a full-on photoshoot of this beauty. Now the Celica is probably one of Toyota’s prolific coupes, besides the Supra of course, after all it was the Celica that spawned the Supra and later went on to dominate the World Rally Championship series for a few seasons.
Now the Celica was produced from 1970 to 2006, with its name being derived from the Latin word - ‘coelica’ - meaning heavenly or celestial.
Another interesting thing to note, was that all Celicas were powered by various four-cylinder engines and were rear-wheel driven up till August 1985, when Toyota changed its layout to the front wheels. The Celica’s origins can be traced all the way back to October 1970, where it first appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show and was put on sale two months later.
Toyota’s Celica was a two-door coupe whose styling was heavily influenced by Ford’s 1964 Mustang and based off the Toyota Carina sedan.
A year later, the prototype SV-1 liftback was shown as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, two years later Toyota debuted the Celica liftback in April powered by a 2.0-litre RA25 (18R-G) or with a 1.6-litre TA27 (2T-G) engine.
The lift back was then later exported worldwide in RHD format as the RA28/TA28 with the same engines. A further facelift in October 1975 gave the Celica LHD variants. Our feature car here is a Celica liftback in GT trim.
It was manufactured in 1975 and features the 2.0-litre, 1,968cc 18R engine that produces 118hp while being paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Its owner has kept it in immaculate condition with everything being restored to their former glory sans a 3-spoke racy Momo steering wheel.
So there you have it, a project that earns mad respect from us, hopefully we see more classic/vintage JDM cars turning up on our shores soon!