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Brabham BT34
Scale 1/24
Kit Manufacturer  
Detail Sets None
Year 1991
Driver Carlos Sainz (Spa)
Event 1991 Monte Carlo Rally
Paint Halfords Gloss Appliance White
Date Completed September 2007
Additions After market seatbelt and hardware, interior details
Box Art boxart

1991 saw Carlos Sainz finish second in the WRC drivers standings only 7 points behind Finnish winner Juha Kankkunen in the Lancia Delta. It was Sianz' third year with the Toyota team and the Celica was beggining to show real potential and a serious challenger for the all conquering Lancia Delta's. The car ran in the Marlboro red and white colour scheme before the Toyota's went over to the green, red & white Castrol colour scheme which is more familiar with Toyota and appeared on the 1993 car.

The Toyota Celica GT-4's power plant was a Type 3S-GTE, cast iron block with aluminum head construction which was transversally mounted. The engine size was 1998 cm3, water cooled in-line 4. This drove the 7½"x16" wheels booted on 195/60 VR 14 tires. It was all wheel drive, had a central viscous coupler, Torsen rear differential, Epicyclical centre differential with 50-50 % F/R distribution. Final drive ratio 4.285:1. The power was fed to the wheels via a Five speed fully synchronized gear box.

The model is based on Tamiya's Celica 2000GTR road going version and the Studio 27 transkit to create the WRC version. This was a challenging transkit. I decided to use the decal supplied and was pleasantly suprised just how well it fit, with a little help from Microsol and added Flocking for the seats and dashboard. Unfortunately the roll bar was a poor fit and despite numerous attempts I admitted defeat, the in-accuracy can be seen in some of the detail pictures. Other than that it was an enjoyable build and obviously vastly improves the street car which looks meek and mild in comparison.

Toyota Celica ST165 Gallery
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Toyota Ceilca ST165 - 1991 Rally Finland
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