Morimoto Celica


We see a lot of cars, but the Morimoto Celica still gives us funny feelings every time we look at it. 


Completely absent are any unnecessary body modifications like wings or decals. The only things that remain are the pure, original lines of the RA25, highlighted by a pair of racing mirrors and the perfect drop.


The wheels are 14×7.5 Watanabe Type As on the front with a 5mm spacer, 14×8.5 Type Rs on the rear.


For lack of a better term, we’ll quote JNCer Kirk H. and call this perfect storm of subtle tire stretch, flush fitment and shakotan ride height “Super Mild Boso.”

[Images: RS-Watanabe]

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18 Responses to Morimoto Celica

  1. Benson said:

    So nice! :D Wish there was a “like” button.

    Admission:
    I still don’t know the difference between RA25 and RA23

  2. Bernie-Jay said:

    Am I seeing double?

  3. the12for12 said:

    Clueless here aswell, but that pix shows the brn 1 with fogs in the bumper.

  4. Nigel said:

    A true sleeper !!

  5. kingtoy said:

    If I was to build a Celica liftback I would buld it similar to this one.

  6. hechtspeed said:

    That Celly is rad! It’s a perfect Celica.

  7. Eric said:

    Yes, one of the best for sure. I’ve had some of the JNC pics on my hard drive for a while. I still think a Wizard (best shop name ever) chin spoiler would make it even better though ;)

  8. Zechs said:

    @ Benson: there are a couple of differences but the biggest is that the RA25 is a liftback
    and the RA23 is a coupe.

    You can easily look up the other differences. Just put some time in it

  9. Robakun said:

    I dont think those wheels are 14 inch. more like 16. Car is too low and the wheels are too big…

  10. Pete said:

    The lines on those early Celicas are really well done.

    Smokey’s got a really nice one too.

    http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/article.cgi?section=profiles&article=toyotaCelica1975LBTopSecret

  11. tony said:

    unfrickinbelievable. love the rainy shots.

  12. Mr.L.J. Nordvik said:

    Gorgeous,even as Darumas go.Why Toyota can’t see sense and build a retro-Daruma is beyond me.

  13. KAdams said:

    As much as I love the look of the JDM taillight panel on this generation of liftback, it can’t compare to the amount of lust I’ve had for the standard ’71 Notchback. It sucks that they’re damn near impossible to find now. I’m still slapping myself over not trying to buy Koichiro’s S2000 powered monster. That car was perfection.

  14. yeng said:

    these are spine chillers. i’ve always loved how those liftbacks look! in Road and Track magazine (or was it Car and Driver Mag) they had a section that declared that these celica liftbacks have great potential to be collectibles for american buyers, not that they aren’t already. :)

  15. yeng said:

    Ben: to me, both look great. i heard that muscle car drivers dont like the liftback mustangs as much as the coupe models. soooo….it made me wonder why they said the liftback celica would be the better choice. :) both are still beautiful