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1975 TOYOTA CELICA GT2000

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This Toyota Celica GT2000 is a rare, recently restored example of the Japanese marque’s RA25 model. Its engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘18R’ engine producing approximately 129bhp and 127lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The odometer reads 64,602 km (40,141 miles).

A Japanese-market model, the vendor has owned the car for the last 12 years, and put it through a detailed cosmetic restoration and mechanical rebuild that was completed six years ago. It was then officially re-registered in the UK in July 2018 at KPW 701N.

Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Japanese Mustang’ due to its similarities with the 1960s Ford, the Celica sported vertical bar rear lights and C-pillar louvres. The rear quarter windows were also fixed in place.

Presented in gleaming gloss white, the Celica was the subject of a full strip-down and repaint in 2014, which the vendor states came in at a cost of £21,000. The photos show a few minor blemishes, including a small patch of exposed and oxidised metal on the inside of the offside front wheel arch, but in general this JDM modern classic presents very well indeed.

The wheel arch flares are in great shape and are made from carbon-fibre – along with the front splitter – adding a contemporary touch to this classic sports car. The Celica’s brightwork is also in good condition, with minor age-related marks but no dulling to the finish. Period-correct, original badging has been retained, and a removable black plastic headlight shade is also included. The car rides on Halibrand three-piece wheels, which the vendor states were custom-built to fit this particular car.

Moving inside, the Celica’s driver-centric dashboard helps to add a sense of occasion to the black leather upholstery. The seats, while retaining their original frames, have been retrimmed and are in excellent condition with no rips or tears present. There are minor age-related marks to the interior, with the driver’s door storage netting sagging and some scuffs to the centre console. Nevertheless, the cabin retains many of its period features, including the switchgear and original HVAC and stereo controls.

The Celica was most recently serviced at 64,602 km (40,141 miles). This was a full service, with replacement of the spark plugs, engine oil and oil filter. Prior to this, the brake discs, pads and callipers were all replaced, with numerous rubber bushes also renewed. The car also benefited from new windscreen, door and rear quarter rubber seals – using genuine Toyota parts throughout. The Celica has been fitted with carburettor trumpets to accentuate its classic engine sound, with the original air box also included in the sale.

The most recent MOT test was on 22 March 2018 at 63,744 km (39,608 miles). This resulted in a first-time pass with zero advisories. It is now exempt from annual MOT testing on the basis of age.

Its wheels are shod in Pirelli and Bridgestone tyres, which do have some cracks in the sidewalls and scuffs from rubbing on the inside of the arches. This Japanese classic will be supplied with its original tool case, as well as its importation documents and a selection of invoices from the restoration work in the UK. Photos of the 2014 repaint work are also present.

Combining rarity with handsome styling and some discerning modifications, this Toyota Celica GT2000 is believed by the vendor to be one of only a handful of RA25s in the UK. This would be a prime conversation-starter at any car show as a refreshing alternative to European sports cars of the same era, and presents in superb condition throughout, ready to enjoy on the road.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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