A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH // WILLIAM LOPEZ’S 2000 CELICA

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A true diamond in the rough; underrated, and underappreciated. It’s not easy for people to see a car for its true potential like owner William Lopez Hernandez. Many might see a Celica and consider it a lump of coal. After refinement, pressure, and of course some TLC, we are left with this jewel.


Photos by: Albert Rodriguez & Words by: Paul Garno

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This season has been one for the books; everyone is going for crazy body mods and BCL wings. It’s refreshing to come across something like this, and so tastefully done with the European spec kit (also underrated). Sharp body lines, a strong heritage, and one of the cleanest Celicas out there right now.

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Can you really ask for much else? Personally, where these lack in performance they more than make up in aesthetics. Such a beautiful collaboration between a man and his machine, is only testament to why this chassis should be more involved.

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 Modification List:

Klutch Wheels 18 x 9.5
Nankang tires 215-35-18
Nardi steering wheel
NRG quick release
Custom rollcage
Custom suspension
TRD exhaust
Full Edm body TRD
Carbon fiber rear visor
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