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#7261 Toyota Celica Coupe GT-TS (1983) Louwman Museum

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Toyota Celica Coupe GT-TS (1983) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

In Group B of the World Rally Championship (WRC), introduced at the beginning of the 1980s, there were few restrictions imposed on the technical construction of the cars. Audi for instance brought four-wheel drive to the arena. For this Celica GT-TS Toyota opted for more conventional technology: rear-wheel drive, rear axle with leaf springs and an engine with two valves per cylinder. However, the engine was tuned for serous performance – 370-HP as opposed to the standard 180-HP – and fitted with fuel injection and a turbocharger. It was in the long-distance rallies that the Toyota fulfilled its potential. In this actual car Swedish factory driver Björn Waldegård won the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire in 1983 and came first in the Safari Rally a year later.
In 1986, the last year of Group B, Björn Waldegård won both events in this car. Drivers such as Björn Waldegård, Juha Kankkunen, Per Eklund and Lars-Erik Torph drove the Celica GT-TS to 13 podium places in 16 rallies, including six wins.

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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