Search your feelings – and maybe your garage too, just in case. Toyota fans around the world have been called on to help track down this Star Wars Celica made to promote the first film in 1977.
You won’t have missed that the new Star Wars film, Episode 7: The Force Awakens, is arriving in UK cinemas shortly. The release has prompted a renewed search to find the car created for the ‘Star Wars Sweepstakes’ competition, which marked the arrival of Episode 4: A New Hope in 1977.
The Toyota Celica Liftback is equipped with MacPherson front suspension, disc brakes, AM-FM stereo radio, as well as extras including a moon roof, special upholstery, custom wheels and tyres, an upgraded bodykit and of course, that spectacular Star Wars colour scheme. The hand-painted artwork features a recreation of the Episode 4 poster, a space battle scene and characters from the series.
The car apparently disappeared from public view shortly after the competition, and as the record of the winner has since been destroyed, there’s now little clue of where it has been for the past 38 years.
Now, Dean Shada, who seeks out interesting missing vehicles when he’s not working as a film screenwriter and producer, is involved in a search for the car on behalf of an ‘interested party’ in the movie business, according to FoxNews.com.
Whether the car is still driveable, or even exists, is unknown – so let’s hope the force is strong with this one.
Here’s a look at the car shortly after it was modified by LA-based car customising specialist Delphi Auto Designs. You can find out more in this detailed history of the car at Speed Hero.
If you do have any information about the car, be sure to let us know. Dean Shada can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read our History of the Toyota Celica here.
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