The Toyota Celica is classified as a compact sports car and was produced by Japanese carmaker Toyota. Production of this vehicle began in 1970 and ended in 2006. The name of this vehicle is derived from the Latin word for “heavenly”. The Celica was sold exclusively at Toyota Corolla Stores in Japan. This vehicle has been powered by a number of different four-cylinder engines, and the most significant change occurred in August of 1985 when the car’s drive layout was altered from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. Throughout the first three generations of this vehicle, Celicas that were sold in America used a variety of Toyota R series engines.
The first generation Celica was initially displayed to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in October of 1970 and was marketed in December of the same year. This vehicle was designed to be a personal car with a strong emphasis on style. The Japanese models of this vehicle include the ET, LT, ST, and GT. The platform that was used for the Celica is also shared with the Toyota Carina, a vehicle that was exclusive to the Toyota Store dealerships which are located throughout Japan.
There was a minor update to the Toyota Celica in 1972 which involved slightly modified tail lights that went from having a one-piece design to those which had very distinctive turn signals. Another change that was made to this vehicle in this year was the rear center garnish, which was redesigned for a different look. The fuel tank on the Celica changed locations on the vehicle from the trunk button to behind the rear seats, and the fuel filler moved to the left C pillar. While none of these updates were incredibly significant, they did help to change certain aspects of this vehicle’s look.
The fifth generation of the Celica came in September of 1989 for the 1990 model year. This vehicle received new Super Round organic stylish as well as upgraded wheels and tires. There was also a much more powerful GT-Four engine with a superior cooling system used in this generation Celica, and 4-wheel steering models for the Japanese market. Toyota engineers made the claim that this vehicle’s new round styling as well as its lack of straight edges helped to increase its strength without putting on any unnecessary weight.
The sixth generation of the Celica, which came out in 1993 for the 1994 model, had a new style that was critically acclaimed and helped to make it a total success right from the beginning. In US market, this vehicle was only available in ST and GT trims for the 1994 model, though the option of a Sports Package for the GT Liftback offered handling similar to that of the GT-S. All of these models came standard with a number of features, including dual SRS Airbags. The ST model came with a brand new 1.8 liter 7A-FE engine which was also used in the Corolla at the time.
The seventh and last generation of this vehicle came out in late 1999. This vehicle bore a striking resemblance to the XYR concept car, except for certain parts, including the front bumper and rear spoiler. The 2000 version of this vehicle was the result of Toyota’s effort to spark the interest of younger drivers, and it was at least in part a success. This Celica came in two different models, including the ZZT230 which used a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder 140 horsepower 1ZZ-FE engine and the ZZT231 used a 1.8 4-cylinder engine that was capable of an impressive 192 horsepower. This car has changed quite a bit throughout the years and was definitely one of Toyota’s more popular models.