Model: (Click to see more) 58064: Toyota Celica 4WD
Status: NIB
Date: 19-Oct-2009
Comments: 19
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This model has been with me for a while now and is one of my all time Tamiya greats from the Group B era, such a classic shape with an excellent body from Mr T.


This model was acquired from TC member Loaded, Cheers Paul for this beauty.



A Little History :-



The Toyota Celica Twin-Cam Turbo was the product of one of the most exciting phases of rallying, when the World Rally Championship adopted its Group B regulations between 1983 and 1986. It proved a powerful contender and its dominance of the Safari and Ivory Coast Rallies earned it the nick-name 'King of Africa'.



The rules required car manufacturers to produce and sell 200 units of a model in order for it to achieve homologation for the new formula. Working in conjunction with Toyota Team Europe, Toyota devised a plan to build 200 road cars, 20 'evolutionary' versions for rallying and a powerful new engine.



Some rival manufacturers opted for four-wheel drive, but the Celica Twin-Cam Turbo retained a rear-wheel drive powertrain. The 2.1-litre engine could produce up to 380bhp, making the TA64 one of the most powerful two-wheel drive rally cars ever built.



The car made its debut on the 1983 1,000 lakes Rally and was driven by Juha Kankkunen to a sixth place finish. On its next outing it was an outright winner, piloted by Bjorn Waldegard to victory on the 1984 Ivory Coast Rally.



The car proved to be particularly strong and reliable, a testament to the high standard of preparation achieved by TTE. This made it ideal for the gruelling African events and between 1984 and 1986 it won a clean sweep of three Safari and three Ivory Coast rallies. Its dominance was only ended when the Group B format was dropped at the end of 1986 in favour of the lower powered Group A cars.



The experience gained in developing the TA64 proved perfect preparation for Toyota's next generation of four-wheel drive rally cars, which succeeded in delivering Toyota three WRC manufacturers' titles and four drivers' championship titles.



Thoughts & Comments welcome as always, Thanks

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Comments

trickydicky1979

19-Oct-2009

very nice you only have the one?

TIMECMDR

19-Oct-2009

LOL, Only the one I'm afraid Rich . Glad you decided to join the club mate, now get listing some models in your show room.

Victorious Secret

19-Oct-2009

Brother T, your should get the MVP for the best collection of the year on TC

TIMECMDR

19-Oct-2009

LOL, nice to hear from you Ben, you have been lying low, busy with work no doubt

generationx

19-Oct-2009

Lovely - a nice NIB!

scoobybooster

19-Oct-2009

Besides your awesome collectiont's always a pleasure to have a look on these stunning reference pics!Thx for sharing them all mate

rad22rad Alloys

19-Oct-2009

Stunning Kit Tariq, absolutely mint. Well thats what you get when you deal with the Best. Knowing Paul he has another 10 of these on the shelf at home.

TIMECMDR

19-Oct-2009

Thank you Radek, that definitely sounds like Paul

loaded

19-Oct-2009

Love to see the shots of the original there as well Pleased this went to a good home. Enjoy!

53HRA

19-Oct-2009

Lovely kit there mate ive always liked these celicas!

bfst24

19-Oct-2009

wow.

pandafred

20-Oct-2009

thats better.a true vintage classic.

TIMECMDR

20-Oct-2009

pandafred, better than? if that is to say the modern kits are no good, I beg to differ, the only difference is the monetary value and that has never been my aim otherwise I would own the first 100!!

saracen

20-Oct-2009

very nice puts the one you got off me to shame

pandafred

20-Oct-2009

was beginning to think i would only see newer models entering your showroom,but know you probably have these oldies up your sleeve to show us all.you just never know what to expect next from you.

CortoMaltese

20-Oct-2009

The box interior looks veeery tidy! Great kit!

pcw 064

21-Oct-2009

I like the picture next to the castrol celica, could be a Tamiya 1/1 shelf .This kit is auwesome,which I had one but I don't mix the 1/12 with 1/10.

TIMECMDR

23-Oct-2009

Thank you guys for the comments

sunnyjai

15-Feb-2012

Tariq, I tell you all Celicas were MAD cars! From the Gr.B to the ST205's just awesome!


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