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"You've never heard of the 1977 Star Wars Celica? Kids, it's the car that was the grand prize in the Star Wars Space Fantasy Sweepstakes." It most likely started life as a 1977 Celica LiftBack GT Pace Car, an extra-flared, spoilered-up version of the coupe that already looked like a three-quarter scale muscle car. Delphi Auto Design of Costa Mesa, California lavished the bodywork with a custom paint job featuring galactic nebula, TIE fighters, X-Wings, and a lovingly airbrused recreation of the Tom Jung poster art on the hood. Pete Vilmur has been looking for this car for a long time, and he's probably the foremost expert on it, but still, nothing has emerged from the ether.

The trail goes colder than Hoth after 1977, when the contest, a joint effort between Toyota and Twentieth Century Fox, picked its award winners. No record of the car's VIN can be found, nor can the name of a winner. That may be due in part to Delphi Auto Design being caught in a legal imbroglio involving drug running, murder and income tax violation that tied up one of the main financiers of the business. There was a glimmer of hope in the form of an early-1980s classified ad listing the car for sale, but no record of that can be turned up, either.

So where is it? Who won it? Did it wind up like most Celicas from that era, attacked by tinworm or traded in on a newer car? It's conceivable that the customized cosmos paint job was sprayed over at some point. Maybe the Celica just met an ignominious end somewhere during the Kessel Run. Nobody knows, but we're all keen to find out.


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      lovemye36
      • 3 Years Ago
      I owned it for awhile, but lost it in a card game with a smuggler and his Wookiee.
      Garnet Whyte
      • 3 Years Ago
      From what I know of the story, George Lucas found it and replaced the body with that of a 2007 HHR because he felt that was what he really intended to do.
      adrive7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably tried to make the jump to hyperspace without precise calculations at some point and ended up flying right through a star, or bouncing too close to a supernova. That'd end it's trip real quick.
      Swordman
      • 3 Years Ago
      "I don't know why they call it Hoth. I mean, have you ever been there? They should call it Coldth" Sorry, I'll get my coat.
      ThomasM
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had one of these '77s as my first car. the previous owner threw a lot of money into in ( Webber Darb, tube headers, cherry bomb mid pipe, bola exhaust end, lumpy street cam, converted to electronic ignition, secondary oil filter system, disconnected air con, huge sway bars, three piece wheels, and almost all emissions cut and shut). it was a beast, but very benign handling. used to eat auto chevelle ss's in a straight line and out handle most on VA's mountain roads. I miss it. had one of the best sounds when it came on cam...made me the nut I am today.
        ThomasM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ThomasM
        2 best things were that I paid less than what the carb cost and this is the car my pops wanted me to by over assorted grand ams and such...he believed in a controllable sports car for his kids first car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Timothy Neal Templet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I also owned it for a while, but I traded it for a package of floppy disks.
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't know people, back in 1997, were so lucky to have this car...
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, Nerdtopia!
      s.andreasson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Had a brown one with a 3 speed automatic, which ran the rpms too high for enjoyable freeway driving. It looked nice, but rusted in a few short years.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could possibly have been the coolest car in '77. The markets weren't exactly flooded with great iron in those days.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      coolest car Ive senn on this blog in a long time :) ....mabye some datsun 510 can match this one
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        I doubt it, this celica made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.
        ThomasM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        510's are okay, but they don't look like a mustang and camaro had an ugly little kid ready for a fight.
        SPcamert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        Black Gold!
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