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.
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The part where he built it for fun really go me thinking on what I want to do to my car, Hmmm..
I love Matt's car, but where's the feature for Mark's JZX? It's a long story and one worth telling...
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!
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.
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!