“2nd generation Celica XX” with a straight-line keynote style that everyone longed for
Toyota’s second generation Celica XX appeared in July 1982 (Showa 57). The writer’s brain system is a mechanism that recognizes “Oh, that time” by looking at the songs lined up on the billboard chart of that year, so when I hit the chart at that time, it was ranked high. Eye Of The Tiger / Survivor, Centerfold / J Geils Band, Hurts So Good / John Couger Mellencamp, Ebony And Lvory / Paul McCartney, Gloria / Laura Branigan and more. If I look at it any more, I’ll stop writing the manuscript, so I’ll stop it, but when I dubbed it from the FM broadcast at that time or the LP I borrowed from a friend to a SONY cassette tape, all the songs I listened to a lot in the car. I can’t talk without tears.
…… Aside from that story, when the trajectory was corrected to the story of the 2nd generation Celica XX, this 2nd generation Celica XX appeared at the same time as the 3rd generation Celica.
The thin simple catalog of the photo on the cover, “Experience, Twin Cam 6”, was probably given to the dealer, but as you can see, the three models of XX, Celica LB, and Coupe are grouped together in “World World.” It was being promoted as “Super Specialty / World, New CELICA”.
In other words, the standing position of the Celica XX was the position of an easy-to-understand high-end model equipped with a 6-cylinder engine compared to the 4-cylinder version Celica. If you look at the tires in the XX photo taken at a low angle on the cover of the photo catalog and point out aloud, “Oh, this asymmetrical tread pattern is Michelin XVS!” It can be said that it is a maniac person (the 2800GT was equipped with 195 / 70HR14 Michelin as standard equipment except for the Hokkaido area).
In any case, it appeals the sports image together with the 4-cylinder Celica, and the XX is the top model as “Super Grand Sport”. Around this time, the 1.8-liter twin-cam turbo 3T-GTEU type was set for the 4-cylinder Celica immediately after its appearance.
The appeal of the engine is the F1 and WRC mogul
And in Celica XX, the figure of Anthony Korin Bruce Chapman (Korin Chapman) who was the creator of Lotus and the designer of F1 in the catalog. There was also a photo of the “2800GT European test car” standing sideways with the door open, and although there was no clear description, it was said that Lotus was involved in the development.
By the way, there is a model called Lotus Excel that existed in the same age, which has a similar atmosphere to XX using parts made by Toyota including 5-speed manual mission, and the design of XX (Soarer) 15 inch aluminum wheels as it is. Was “adopted” in. The catalog also features rallyist Ove Andersson, which emphasizes the sporting image.
The actual car is different from the original XX and features a linear styling with an edge. The wheelbase is 2615mm, which is 115mm longer than the 4-cylinder Celica, and the extension is allocated to the nose part, where the 6-cylinder engine is mounted, and the retractable headlight at the tip of the nose makes it look like a two-stage stance. Uses a bumper. Another feature was that this bumper was painted in glossy black.
The front bumper was later improved, and the catalog also states that the integrated front spoiler was lowered by 15 mm in the final model and extended by 50 mm forward to further improve aerodynamics.
Similarly, the rear gate was initially finished in gloss black and had a distinctive two-tone appearance, but later a rear spoiler with a sunshade integrated was prepared that was the same color as the body color.
The elegant sports car also has a “burgundy” interior
In addition to styling, door mirrors are standard equipment on all cars from the middle. Around the time when Japanese cars started to be made into door mirrors, when I saw the catalog saying “Electric remote control door mirrors”, I thought that I should adjust it by hand because it arrived.
The sunroof with an opening of 330 mm x 800 mm was also a manual type in the first generation XX, but in the second generation it has evolved into a type that is electric and the window deflector automatically starts up.
The interior is inspired by the original Soarer, which first appeared in February 1981, and the original burgundy interior color is more than that of the time. The instrument panel that uses an electronic display meter (digital meter) is basically the same as the 4-cylinder Celica, but the stitched (but fake) skin is only XX.
The GT front sports seats with a gorgeous design come with various 8-way adjustments. In terms of equipment, a full range of equipment such as an electronic spear monitor that calls for various cautions such as a half-door warning with a female voice, a twin trip meter, a cruise computer that displays 5 items such as fuel consumption, an electromagnetic door lock, and an electric sunroof are provided. You can’t miss the point.
The engine is all 6 cylinders, and the 2800GT consistently has the same 5M-GEU type (initially 170ps / 24.0kg-m, the final type has a compression ratio of 175ps) from the beginning to the end of this generation. / 24.5kg-m) was installed. The 2ℓ system was initially equipped with SOHC 1G-EU type (125ps / 17.5kg-m, later 130ps / 17.5kg-m), and in February 1982, turbo (M-TEU type, 145ps / 21.5kg-m, Later, 160ps / 23.5kg-m), and in August of the same year, Twincam 24 (1G-GEU type, 160ps / 18.5kg-m) was set, and the catalog near the final model (January 1986) at hand There are four types of engines, of which the GT (2800), G, and S (2000 / SOHC) are equipped with AT and a 5-speed manual transmission.
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