When we were kids, we thought Luke’s landspeeder was easily the coolest vehicle in Star Wars. Why? Because it most resembled a car, of course. Well, except for the lack of wheels. But other than that, it was practically a hover-Miata. Where does a moisture farmer get a sweet ride like that anyway?
Now, as we reveal that we know far too much about the 70s space opera, here’s a vehicle that trumps the landspeeder, AT-AT walkers, the Jawa tank thingy and even Imperial Star Destroyers: the 1977 Star Wars Toyota Celica. The Force is strong with this one, daddy-o. Thirty years ago, this car was a the grand prize in a tie-in between 20th Century Fox and Toyota to promote the movie.
Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that it’s silver and black flanks, plastered with the heads of science fiction characters, would probably draw endless ridicule. It’s got front and rear spoilers, bolt-on fender flares, and nice Centerline-looking wheels. That’s no marketing ploy, it’s a race machine! Oh, wait. It is just a marketing ploy. Still, plenty of people got pulled in by its tractor beam.
According to this article both unearthed by and featuring our beloved Toyotageek, the car appeared briefly in the 80s or 90s to cause a great disturbance in the Force for the bargain price of $1000, only to disappear again without a trace like it had made the jump to hyperspace. Its current whereabouts are unknown, but these aren’t the droids you’re looking for anyway. One thing’s for sure, though. If Luke was cruising around in this baby, he would’ve never left Tatooine.