Throwback Thursday and A Statement

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On the most recent episode of Wheeler Dealers a car like this was featured:


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From a picture of a 1973 Toyota Celica ST. Why don’t I remember this car?!

The Celica was produced for more than 35 years in seven different generations. I made a brief search to unearth Celica production figures, but was unsuccessful. What I can show is that for 1973 Toyota manufactured more than 1.6 million passenger cars, of which almost 327,000 were sold in the US. Considering that the first Toyota cars were not sold in the US until 1958 and that overall company production didn’t reach 100,000 until 1963, those figures are astounding.

I just think these cars look great. The standard US drivetrain was a 2-liter/120 cubic-inch inline 4-cylinder engine that produced 97 HP/106 LB-FT of torque mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Five-speed manuals and automatics were also available. My understanding is that the US spec engine was less potent than the one installed in Japanese cars. That may have been due to California emissions standards. I believe Toyota sold a disproportionate percentage of their US cars in California and didn’t want to export cars with different engines to America.

Not that I am going to run right out and buy one of these, but if I were and I had some money to play with, I would restomod the car. Here’s a surprise for readers: I might consider an all-Ford drivetrain. The modern Ecoboost turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine generates 310 HP/350 LB-FT of torque. I wouldn’t want to shoehorn a large engine into the Celica engine bay. Of course, I would install the Ford 10-speed automatic transmission although I think ten speeds is at least two speeds too many. I wonder how much the restomod process, which would include suspension and brake upgrades, would cost.

The JDM market is exploding in the US. A Hemmings search for 1973 Celicas didn’t return any vehicles, but one “fully restored” 1973 Land Cruiser was listed at almost $65,000! Liftback Celicas from 1976 and 1977 were offered with one listed at almost $40,000!

Live and learn…


On this day in 1973 the number one song in the US was “Half-Breed” by Cher. By this time I had discovered jazz and had basically stopped listening to popular/Top 40 music. I can also say that I have never been a fan of Cher, no offense intended.

The first number one song of 1973 was “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon. The person about whom she was singing is still a mystery, I believe, although I think she sold the identity to someone (for charity?) and the buyer had to promise to keep the identity a secret. I guess I could look all of this up, but frankly don’t really care enough to do so.






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4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday and A Statement

  1. Because your blog isn’t primarily about politics I generally won’t inject politics into my comments on your blog. I don’t want to offend you or your readers. If readers want politics, there are plenty of options for them, my blog included. I’ve been a political junky since I was eight years old! While I most assuredly lean right in my political views, I changed my registration to Independent in 2000. ’nuff ’bout politics … • That Celica hardtop you show is STILL a nice looking car. It is a design that has aged well. I think you are right that at the time that car was in production most of Toyota’s U.S. sales for it were in Crazifornia where Celica hardtops or fastbacks of that vintage are still occasionally seen on the streets.


      1. Toyota’s current stylists would do well to re-visit the design themes of that Celica. Most of their current “styling” – particularly in the Prius line – makes me think (1) authorities should do a drug sweep of the styling studio and (2) an intervention should be done with the management that approved that styling. The front of a Prius looks like an angry cat with weeping eyes. I have read that this is the “look” the head honcho of Toyota wants. It amazes me that anyone would buy a car that ugly.


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