2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
6

1974 Toyota Celica TA22 Coupe

$5,000 - $8,000

No Reserve

Specifications

Engine 1.6 litre four-cylinder
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Engine No. 2T 1074072
Chassis No. TA22-209415
Body Work Two-door coupe
Colour Dark green
Interior Beige
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Disc/drum

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Description

The Toyota Celica was produced from 1970 to 2006. Displayed at the October 1970 Tokyo Motor Show and marketed from December of the same year, the Celica was a two-door hardtop coupe that emphasized styling and driving enjoyment based on a 2400mm platform shared with the Toyota Carina sedan, which is one size above the Toyota Corolla. The car was aimed at the North American market and was in some belated ways Toyota's response to the 1964 Ford Mustang. The first-generation Celicas wore a slant nose (trapezoid-like shape front corner lights) and in Japan were known as the TA22. These models were produced from 1970 to 1975 and came equipped with either the 2T, 2T-G 1.6 litre, or 18R 2.0 litre engine. Throughout its life span the Celica was powered by various four-cylinder engines. The most significant change occurred in August 1985, when the car's drive layout moved from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. Through seven generations, the model has gone through many revisions. Today enthusiasts are looking at the original Celica with renewed interest, not only because of the increased enthusiasm for Japanese cars but also because the Celica is a true landmark design of its time.

History

  • 1974 Toyota Celica TA22 in original condition
  • Well-used example, ripe for restoration
  • Fun & rewarding project
  • Early Celica’s like this are becoming collectible
Once a common sight on our roads and in years past dismissed as just another old Japanese coupe, the first-model Toyota Celica has now started to mature into an appreciated classic by enthusiasts. It’s not just that Japanese cars have become better appreciated and sought after in recent years, it’s also that the TA22 Celica has a certain style about it that has matured nicely. It was also the first of the Celica lineage and, many argue, original is best. Our example has lived a life typical of the breed, and its metallic dark green paintwork certainly shows the signs of that with various dents and blemishes, and some poor repairs to the left front guard. Inside, the dashtop is badly cracked from sun damage and the driver’s seat is in need of some repairs to the vinyl, though the rest of the beige vinyl interior is in reasonable condition for its age. All the fixtures and fittings inside are there, though the carpets are also tired, though it does have a set of factory mud flaps. Yes, it’s tired, but it’s a solid basis for a restoration or even just a general tidy up. Previously on full Victorian registration, our TA22 Celica is being offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve. 
 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.
 

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