Friday, 19 October 2012

Period-modified TA22 Celica

The concept of 'period-modified' often causes a stir, because it's a relatively unusual approach. We occasionally see seventies cars with metalflake paint, jacked-up rears, slotmags and porthole windows. Cars of the eighties get those red horizontal stickers on the rear window that say the name of the car ('Escort' or 'Metro' or whatever) and, if one can be found, a Feu Orange air freshener. It's even becoming fashionable, in a slightly ironic way, to build a nineties car with three-spokes or Venoms and lashings of fibreglass.
Period-modified isn't just about ostentatiousness, of course. It's a popular notion in the classic Ford scene where one might, for example, pep up a 105E Anglia with a few choice Lotus Cortina parts or what-have-you, with the proviso being that everything that's changed has to have been available when the car was new. And then there's the approach that we find here with this yellow TA22 Celica; it doesn't emulate the outrageous show cars of the period, but rather represents the kind of modifications the everyday enthusiast might have made. It's got vintage lightning conductor straps at the rear, perspex headlight protectors, window louvres, Celica Supra alloys (OK, they're a bit of an anachronism, but we'll let it pass) - there's even a period copy of the Daily Mirror, some Swan Vestas and a pack of Players No.6 on the passenger seat. The archetype of old-school cool? Could be...
Via luckyseven.

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