Champ is a classic car connoisseur
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.