Explore all of the Toyota Celica generations, from earning a reputation as a rally car to being sold in dozens of variations around the globe.
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Not only is the Toyota Celica a car that lasted seven generations and over three decades, but it was quite different at the time and helped pave the way for some of Toyota’s other mainstays like the Camry and the Supra. The Toyota Celica was Japan’s first pony car. The entire idea was to attach a coupe body to the chassis and mechanicals of a sedan
Plans for the Celica were underway by 1967, and the first ever Celica was released in 1970 at the Tokyo Motor Show. Based on a platform that was shared with the Toyota Carina sedan, the styling was based on the Toyota EX1 “Car of the Future” prototype. The nose was trimmed, so it was basically a cut-down version of Toyota’s 2000GT supercar. The Celica eventually drew comparisons to the Mustang as similar styling elements were used over the years.
By the late ‘90s, the Celica was one of the most accomplished rally cars ever. Looking back on it now, it was appropriate that the groundbreaking car was named Celica, which has Latin roots that means, “celestial” or “heavenly.” It certainly brought Toyota a lot of success. Read on to find out just what changes were made through the Celica generations, where it peaked, and why the popular car ended up being discontinued.
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