Firdaus and his Yellow Dragon, Celica TA22
This yellow beauty is my friend, Firdaus's pride and joy. He is the third owner for this 1975 classic the Toyota Celica TA22 ST. I was keeping this car for a good place to shoot, finally I found one. A unused warehouse. Which I borrowed from the owners for one day for shooting this special car.
Its special in that its almost nearly stock from factory. With original paint from 1975. So he says, and so the previous owner says. :)
As you can see from the photo above, the chin is a new addition. The above image took me about thirty plus minute to achieve, glad it all kinda worked out. But I suppose my post processing could have been better. More to learn. More to learn.
It runs a stock standard Toyota 2T-B 1600cc SOHC with twin carb. I'm not sure how it run's currently but I'm pretty sure back in the day, it would leave many in the dust.
The TA22 spots a gorgeous set of SSR XR-4 Longchamp 14" rims. I actually was looking for it for my ride. Gorgeous.
The rest of the fittings that should be there, were there :) Every chrome bit.
I do believe that he did replace the rear lights from the 'bubble' type to 'flat' type. As the original flat type should have the fuel filler is at the rear between the lights, this TA22's fuel filler is at the left side.
Firdaus was busy playing candy crush in the background :) glad that he was really patient with me and my slow work pace.
Now lets have a look at the interior below.
Basically still in its original trim. Love the steering wheel.
Of course we are not expecting the car to be in immaculate condition, its been on the road for a long time. Does it still need work? of course. Thats one of the beauty of owning a classic car like this, or any other classic, its working on it. Finding the parts, or refurbishing it and getting them installed. Some get it, some just do not. Yes sometimes its temperamental, on a good day, its all worth it.
Thanks Firdaus, for sharing your awesome ride with me.
Gears: Everything I had at my disposal, even one Canon 600EX-RT flash.