The Toyota Celica s heritage can be traced right back to the very first year of the third decade, when a two-and-a-half-ton dual-fuel Coupia with front and rear seats hit the shores of Japan. For the domestic Japanese car market, Celica was offered with an array of engines from Toyota T series family, ranging from low-powered Celica GT to mid-powered Celica GT-S. Meanwhile, Celica GT was fitted with straight aluminum door panels and wheelbase to produce an elegant and compact sports sedan. Toyota later came up with Celica GT-S model which is tougher than the standard Celica models and offers a greater degree of ground clearance.
In September 1971, Toyota introduced the Toyota Celica GT-Four which was powered by a 2.2-litre DOHC engine backed by a magnesium-alloy casting and a five-speed transmission. Although the production version came equipped with a power-assisted Brake Assist system and torque converter, the sales version came without it. However, this new model proved to be a hit with consumers due to its sporty and dynamic driving qualities.
The basic structure of a Celica GT-Four is similar to that of its four-wheel drive counterpart. It uses the same front and rear shocks as found on the coupes. As mentioned earlier, the GT-Four has a mid-engine design, however, it also sports a rear diffuser and side skirts. A shorter version of this car is the Toyota Celica GT-Four RS, which sports larger wheels and a larger body to make it look more aggressive.
Because of the need for space in the passenger area, the development team for the Celica made two major changes to its design. One of them added a stretched passenger compartment in the front of the vehicle. In place of an empty bed, this new compartment has been fitted with roll-up trunks which allow for better cargo space. Another change made to this model was to install larger, lighter, and lower weight alloy wheels. These alloy wheels have made it easier for the Celica to achieve high speeds, thanks to its superior handling.
Toyota did not stop there when it comes to improving the Celica’s performance. Just like the Coupes, the company also offered a version with a three-door set up. This convertible was dubbed the Toyota Celica convertible Coupe, and it featured a manual as well as an automatic transmission. Unlike the Coupes, the Coupe was offered with all-wheel drive. The reason for this decision is that this type of vehicle is often used for city travel and for short distances, and a four-wheel drive will help the driver get over hilly areas more easily.
Toyota also improved upon the Celica’s ride and handling by installing larger airbags, a better suspension system, and wider and softer tires. All these upgrades made the Celica’s ride quieter, smoother, and more comfortable. The only drawback to this upgrade was the lack of a manual transmission. A manual would have allowed the driver to gear the car more efficiently, but it is not commonly available on this type of vehicle. For those who do purchase this vehicle, they may want to purchase a manual to help keep everything in sync with the speed of their car. Some Celica buyers may also decide to purchase a five-speed manual instead of a four-speed to reduce the chance of having to shift gears constantly.
Perhaps one of the biggest developments for Toyota when it comes to the Celica happened in November of 2021 when the automaker began allowing Celica owners in Japan to purchase the car through the company’s dealers. Until that point, only direct dealers of Toyota products were able to service the Celica. As a result, thousands of Celica owners in Japan had been left without the car they love because they could not get it fixed when it needed fixing. Thankfully, Toyota made changes so that all authorized Toyota dealers in Japan were now allowed to sell the cars. The changes also made the Celica available to anyone who wished to purchase it.
Other than the major interior and exterior updates, Toyota made two major changes to the Celica when it came to its design. One change introduced a sporty look to the Celica and the other turned the compact into a two-door coupe. The change to a two-door coupe gave it a more open design which some consumers enjoyed while others thought it looked silly and unprofessional. Additionally, the conversion to a rear-wheel drive made the Celica even more attractive as an option. Today, the Celica is available as both a coupe and convertible. No matter what style you are looking for, you will surely find a model of the Celica that suits your taste.