The Phantom Menace
A while back, I spent the day posting images of famous film cars of the past which you can see here, but none of them are obscure as this.
Of the multiple Star Wars edition cars out there which include the 2005 Vader Viper, the 2012 Star Wars Volkswagen Passat, and a 1997 Special Edition Hummer, this Star Wars 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback has to be the coolest.
While some may think this is a bit cheesy, you have to know the details…
The car was designed by John Sladek at Delphi Auto Design in Costa Mesa, California. It was a one off with customized body features such as a front air damn, fender flares, a spoiler, a moonroof and tinted windows.
But the true prize piece was the airbrushed paint job. Star Wars characters are hand-painted and stenciled along the black stripes on the side of the car, which were done by painting a special Aero-lac paint onto some tin foil and in part were transfered the masked off areas on the body panels. There’s also a huge Darth Vader head on the hood which makes it a bit more badass.
The car was a promotion and was given away in a sweepstakes which was called the “Space Fantasy Sweepstakes.”
So obscure this car is (dumb Yoda reference), nobody knows where it’s located. Could be in the hands of some crazy Star Wars fanatic or it could be in a junkyard somewhere rotting away. Really, the possibilities are endless. Multiple efforts have been made to track the car down, including efforts by George Lucas himself, but none have been successful. Fingers crossed that this car will eventually turn up.
Affordable Friday Find
It’s not every day you come across something like this. An original owner 1982 Toyota Celica Supra with performance package, 92k miles, manual transmission, and appears to be well looked after.
What’s more, the price is right…currently (11:15am) the bid is at $2,400 and it has a buy it now of $3,000.
Although it does have a little rust (mainly on the hatch), this is the P-type version which means it has fiberglass fenders, much wider wheels, and a highly adjustable driver seat.
The MK2 Supra was really ahead of its time, and although it wasn’t the fastest thing around, it was rear wheel drive with a differential, it had 4-wheel independent suspension designed by Lotus, 4-wheel disc brakes, and it came standard with power windows, door locks & mirrors.
The owner of this car doesn’t give much of a description, other than “mostly garage kept, some rust, maybe some electrical problems.”
It would be nice to see the car in person, but with less than 14 hours left to bid, you’d have to be located nearby.
Location: Northern New Jersey
Check out the listing on Ebay.