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Fans Strike Back: Celica Search Continues

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On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


Fans Strike Back: Celica Search Continues

Uber fandom is a serious business, and the folks over at the official Star Wars blog take no exception. Yet, few cult-classic franchises exist which garner as much love and controversy from the public-at-large as Star Wars. After revolutionizing the filmmaking process, changing the perception of sci-fi space epics, and staying in the spotlight decades later, Star Wars remains a series worthy of high honor. The devout writers on the official blog have been diligently searching for a very particular 1977 Celica Liftback GT since the mid 1990s. Just recently they released yet another public service announcement that the search continues, that this Celica must be found.

They’re ardently seeking the whereabouts of the first officially sanctioned Star Wars custom car, which was awarded in some kind of promotion-type sweepstakes several months after A New Hope hit the open market.

Although we have little information to go on, there are some clues as to the vehicle’s origin. A photo of a few 1977 Liftback GT Pace Cars has emerged, which may show the Star Wars car prior to customization. It seems that a second photo also exists which was used as the actual basis for the contest car’s graphics.

“The Star Wars Celica was designed by Delphi Auto Design in Costa Mesa, California, and awarded sometime after the end of 1977, probably in January 1978. While the sweepstakes were a joint venture hosted by Toyota and Twentieth Century Fox, the awarding dealership remains a mystery, as does the identity of the winner and the vehicle’s VIN number.”

Yet another clue might exist in a 1980s or 90s issue of Antique Toy World magazine. Scanning the dusty shelves of his robust memory banks, a Star Wars super-collector named Steve Sansweet claims to have spotted the vehicle in a vintage classified ad.

What’s more, Hemmings recently picked up the story. Let’s hope that ‘The World’s Largest Collector-Car Marketplace’ can shed some new light on the matter. If you have any ideas or information, please don’t hesitate to share. The force is strong with this one.


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dwalter | 4:40PM (Fri, Sep 30, 2011)

awesome! I hope they find it



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