Champ is a clas­sic car con­nois­seur

Sunday Tribune - - TRIBUNE HERALD - ASHWEN SINGH ZAAIKIR ALLY

IN 1965, JA­PANESE mo­tor man­u­fac­turer Toy­ota ar­rived on South African shores. Dur­ing its in­fancy in this coun­try it launched sev­eral mod­els which cu­mu­la­tively might have been re­spon­si­ble for the com­pany’s il­lus­tri­ous brand rep­u­ta­tion.

The Toy­ota Corona GSL was one of many ve­hi­cles lav­ished early upon the mar­ket by Toy­ota South Africa.

The GSL earned its rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing as well-pow­ered and re­li­able as it was com­fort­able.

Clas­sic car “con­nois­seur”, 19-yearold Zaakir “Champ” Ally is a lo­cal “petrol head” re­sid­ing in Phoenix. Ally’s rock-solid 39-year-old sparkling blue 1979 Toy­ota Corona 2000 GSL is the sub­ject of this week’s fea­ture.

Ally’s GSL boasts min­i­mal­ist me­chan­i­cal en­hance­ment to the car’s fac­tory-fit­ted, car­bu­ret­tor-fed 18R 2-litre, 8-valve, sin­gle over­head camshaft mo­tor with a cast-iron ported cylin­der head and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The ex­te­rior of this GSL was also kept as fac­tory-orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble and fea­tures de­tailed chrome re­fur­bish­ment to both bumpers and trims.

The pris­tine in­te­rior of Ally’s GX was also kept OEM stan­dard and boasts the car’s im­mac­u­late orig­i­nal fac­tory brown leather fur­ni­ture.

A sound sys­tem which in­cludes a JVC front loader and a pair of Star­sound mids is also fea­tured.

The car’s stan­dard sus­pen­sion was paired to a set of 14-inch Toy­ota Corona OEM wheels com­plete with chromed dish trim­mings.

An undis­closed amount of money was spent on this build.

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