#featurethis: Beams-powered ’73 Celica Drift Car

Today’s #FeatureThis submission comes from the always lively Pacific Northwest. The car in question is a 1973 Celica ST owned by Matt Panic from Seattle, and as the opening photo suggests, Matt’s Celica is not your typical vintage cruiser.

In fact, besides the body there isn’t a whole lot of ’73 Celica left in Matt’s car. The chassis components have been replaced almost entirely with those from an AE86 Corolla.

Up front the Celica is running AE86 T3 coilovers with Tokico HTS shocks, T3 tension rods, and an AE86 brake swap.

Out back Matt swapped in a complete AE86 rearend with an ATS two way LSD. He also added a T3 four link and panhard rod. Rear suspension consists of HTS shocks and TRD springs. Better yet, he added an ASD hydraulic e-brake setup for maximum sideways shenanigans.

While Matt could have gone with any number of high horsepower turbocharged engine choices, he decided to go the high revving naturally aspirated route with a 3SGE BEAMS motor from a 2001 Toyota Altezza.

The 3SGE is equipped with an Xcessive Manufacturing individual throttle body manifold with AE101 throttles and is controlled by an AEM version two stand alone ECU. The transmission is an Aisin AZ6 6-speed.

Sitting under the Celica’s bolt-on over fenders are a set of 15×8 -38 Bart Racing steelies with 195/50/15s all around.

Because Matt didn’t built the car to compete, he had plenty of freedom to do whatever he wanted to it. Even with all the work he’s done, he says he’ll probably never be “finished” with the car.

Overall, he says he built the car purely for his own enjoyment and in the end there’s really nothing better than that.

Matt would like to thank his brother Mark, Matt Kraske and Lloyd McCraken for helping him out with the build. Photos by Kyle Tomita, Justin Gepner, Chris Mitchell, Ben Chavez and Dustin St.Hilaire.

If you have a cool car or build story that you think is worthy of being featured on Speedhunters, drop us a line at featurethis@dev.speedhunters.com . Please make sure to include your name and location, as well as some basic details and specs, along with at least 5-10 photographs. Photos should be no less than 800 pixels wide and in .JPG format.

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35 comments
w
w

Finally a drift car I can look at without puking.

radrally
radrally

Gorgeous Celica! What event was this shot at? 

Kendrick
Kendrick

desktops of this beauty please *_*

MattPanic
MattPanic

Hahaha I was a little too excited. Let me try this again. Thank you SpeedHunters!

MattPanic
MattPanic

Thanks everyone and thanks you SpeedHunters. I don't know what to say other than I'm honored!

Spike4090
Spike4090

The part where he built it for fun really go me thinking on what I want to do to my car, Hmmm.. 

ChristopherDow
ChristopherDow

I love Matt's car, but where's the feature for Mark's JZX? It's a long story and one worth telling...

zamm333
zamm333

super dope, this is what i think of when i think of a good sh article.

Mikus
Mikus

old school , like it :) 

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

love how the rears sit..! looks sick!

billwaterson
billwaterson

Must.. resist urge... to go to craigslist! Must not kill bank account!

Aaron B
Aaron B

A properly done classic car with a modern engine. Beautiful.

ILoveDrifting19
ILoveDrifting19

Wow tyhis just shows how good a scrungy car can look and drive!:D LOVE it!!

Tony
Tony

Awesome!

Lou
Lou

Car is a 10/10, looks even more awesome with the headlight covers on.

koko san
koko san

my favorite car when I was a kid.

xina
xina

Those are AE111 ITBs. Just sayin'

Richard Rabe
Richard Rabe

He's also running the whole AE86 front crossmember along with the steering rack. Car tuned by his bro Mark Panic shown drifting that Cressida in one of the pics. One of the best purpose built 1st gen Celica's out there.

Tony240Z
Tony240Z

I have a soft spot for the 1st gen Celica, and this car does nothing to make me stop looking for one (even though I'm a 240Z owner). I like the fact that the owner left the original styling alone (not counting the wing extensions or wheels of course) and concentrated on the oily bits. I've seen this car on video, the noise it makes is just spectacular!

ComJive
ComJive

aw man i was hoping for somw desktops. this gen of celica in that bodystyle is my favourite non-kei jnc

JonAnderson
JonAnderson

Just a drift day at Pats Acre's in Portland, OR

NoahP
NoahP

Congrats on the feature buddy!  

riske86
riske86

Awesome to see your car here Matt! Awesome build! Tell Mark I said hi.

Corey K
Corey K

My thoughts exactly! I just read a build thread about a guy putting a BEAMS 3S-GE in an E30 BMW chassis. Bad thoughts! Bad thoughts!


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