Watch a Nicely Restored First Generation Toyota Celica

The first generation Toyota Celica was indeed Japan’s pony car from 1970 until 1977 when it was replaced by the second generation which was front wheel-driven.
Toyota Celica GT 1 photo
Photo: screenshot from Youtube
This one in the video is the liftback version, a combination between American design and Japanese performance, looking almost like a shrunk fastback Mustang but being powered by a more economical 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that was sending power to the rear wheels via a 4 or 5-speed manual gearbox.

The British guy from this video bought his as a non-runner from over in Japan, cleaned all the rust, refurbished it and fitted it with a 3SGE Yamaha tuned engine from a Toyota Altezza bolted to a 6-speed gearbox.

The end result is stunning, the car looks and drives like a dream, making its owner wanting to keep it forever. Check this beauty in the video bellow.

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