Posted on November 25 2009
I wanted to introduce you to a car that we have been currently restoring. The car is a 1973 Toyota Celica coupe, these cars came originally equipped in the states with the single cam 18R-C which made 97 hp. The cool thing about this car is that the original motor has been yanked and replaced with the a Japanese spec 18R-G twin cam motor with the Yamaha head and dual side draft Mikuni carbs which makes 134hp @ 6000 rpm. And oh what music those Mikuni carbs make at full song!! The car came to us with the some of the usual gremlins old cars have, exhaust leaks everywhere, no tach, no tail lights, carb issues etc. I am pleased to say that we have rectified all of the cars previous shortcomings and brought it back to it’s full glory. This first pic is the engine bay as we received it, definitely no way to treat an 18R-G!
So with quite a bit of work we have the new and improved engine bay, I think you will agree that it looks a bit nicer.
We also decided to add a functioning factory tachometer instead of the column mounted Autozone special and replace the factory fake wood dash with something a little less um……… woody.
The exterior of the car didn’t need much attention as it had just recently been treated to a fresh repaint. You will have a hard time finding a cleaner one.
Suspension sits right thanks to some Ground Control coilovers and Tokicos.
So there you have it. As much as I hate to see it go, this fine little Celica is now ready for a new home. If you are interested you may contact us with an offer, or if bidding is your game the car is currently up on ebay found here: