Former racing driver Stephan Papadakis bought a 1972 Toyota Celica abandoned in a garage for 20 years.
The car has been stored all this time in the former owner's garage since he passed away and his family decided to sell it.
Now, Papagakis has restored him and brought him back to life. He featured it on his YouTube channel, “papadakis racing”, including footage from the day it left the warehouse.
At the time, the vehicle was covered in a thick layer of dust, but overall it was in good condition for a vehicle of its age and had not been used for a long time.
The first generation Toyota Celica is now a popular classic, and examples like this one, found abandoned in a garage, make the perfect base from which to work on a project.
1972 Toyota Celica abandoned in a garage for 20 years is restored
Papadakis made some modifications to the Toyota Celica, like new 15-inch wheels, which replace the original 13-inch ones. There is also some rust on the hood and side sills, but nothing serious.
The interior includes a fiberglass TRD racing seat and an Abarth steering wheel. It is necessary to repair the cooling with new air vents and the window mechanism.
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, updated carburettors, HKS camshafts, metal cylinder head gasket and TRD pistons, all from the late 1980s.
Papadakis has repainted the valve cover red, added a light battery and is now focused on tuning the engine before testing it on the dyno.
It currently develops 145 horsepower, a not inconsiderable power, taking into account its 943 kg.
The former driver also retouched the chassis, adding an adjustable suspension and new Wilwood disc brakes at the front.