Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Why back in the early 90's a friend had one of these Toyota Celica's and he scared the heck out of us in it. One night passing a huge line of traffic between Renwick and Blenheim. With a blue printed motor, twin Webers, exhaust, a host of other mods and good suspension it did it with ease but it was still butt clenching stuff. A colleague at the time had a later model one, a GTT, with the twin spark plug head and a turbo. That made for an insane ride with lots of lag and then a huge force pushing you into the seat. Fun times in the RNZAF.
On Wikipedia it is written that the name Celica is ultimately derived from the Latin word coelica meaning "heavenly" or "celestial". I'm not convinced Toyota were channeling old Romans at the time but the early Celica's look fantastic. Maybe 'heavenly' could be used to describe them by a Celica nut.
Another beautiful car to add to my garage and a classic in the making because they started to get a bit ugly after this model. However Toyota redeemed themselves by winning the World Rally Championship with the GT4.