Toyota Celica 4WD
Model Number: 58064

Released

28-Jul-87

Drive

Shaft Driven 4WD

Suspension

Four wheel independent double wishbone. Oil Damped

Chassis Description

ABS Monocoque/Bathtub

Body Type

Clear Lexan polycarbonate w/hard plastic details

Motor

RX-540VZ Technigold

Similar

58059 Porsche 959

Original Price

N/A

Width

172mm

Length

361mm

Height

137mm

Wheel Base

211mm

Tread Front

136mm

Tread Rear

136mm

Ground Clearance

25mm

Weight

1650g

Scale

1/12

Tires

front:26/70mm
Rear:26/70mm

Tamiya rebodied its Porsche 959 to create the Celica Gr.B rally special, and incorporated numerous changes to improve durability and handling. The most important changes are the addition of a front stabilizer bar and a center ball differential, both improving handling as if it was a totally different model. A stronger propeller shaft, improved front suspension and the relocated speed control resistor are other changes worth mentioning. An expensive kit when launched and at the time extremely complicated. Fitted with the rebuildable RX-540VZ Technigold motor. Parts are hard to find now and resale value is good. Also a bit rarer than the more collected 959. Try and get a complete one to save money on hunting for parts.
(Description originally entered by acprc)







Reviews

acprc

5/18/2003 5:14:29 PM

Well where do you start? I acquired my Celica in a rough state and knew it deserved to be rebuilt. The car and it's Porsche big brother is an expensive car to restore. The chassis has a lot of metal parts and the original Technigold motor now commands quite a premium. That aside I set about getting all the bits I needed. Plastic parts came easily (Ebay) and the metal parts were found at a local model shop. The hardest parts to get were the wheels. They just don't seem to come up for sale very often. Assembly is straight forward you just need to take your time and things should go smoothly. The Tamiya fit and finish is the main reason for this. The chassis does however look superb when finished. The bodyshell can be expensive to source and I was quite lucky to get it for what i did. It is a single colour paint job but unusually requires painting on the outside of the clear shell as well. This takes some doing to get a nice finish but is worth it. I didn't, as the instructions state mix the black with anything as it seems to cover well without. The decals are best applied using a sharp scalpel and mild soap solution as there are some interesting curves (the red roof stickers). All in all a superb kit and one that will grace any collection. Now for the 959!


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