1970 - 1977 Toyota Celica

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  • Toyota Celica
  • Year:
    1970- 1977
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    97 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    106 @ 3600
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    11.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    104 mph
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In the late ’60s and early ’70s, the Japanese sports car market was still in its infancy. A number of sports models had been sold in Japan, including some supremely excellent ones like the 1967-1970 Toyota 2000GT, but Japan was still mostly known to the rest of the world for its small economy cars. But two cars would come along that would usher in an era of Japanese sport compacts that would raise the status of the entire country’s automotive industry. The first of these was the 1969-1978 Datsun 240Z in 1969, followed just a couple of years later by the Toyota Celica, in 1971.

The accompanying video for this article shows Jay Leno talking to a Toyota representative about the car. He calls the Celica Toyota’s first sports car, which isn’t strictly true. Both the Sports 800 and the 2000GT predate the Celica, but the Celica was the first mass-market Toyota sports car to be sold outside of Japan. The nameplate would live on until 2006, and continues on in spirit with the Scion tC. But more importantly, the Supra nameplate would get its start as a sub-model of the Celica, one of a few versions of the Celica that could hold its own against much more expensive sports cars with much bigger engines.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1970–1977 Toyota Celica.

 

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Will the Toyota Celica and MR2 Join the Supra and 86 in an Epic Sports Car Lineup?

Will the Toyota Celica and MR2 Join the Supra and 86 in an Epic Sports Car Lineup?

Three brothers might become four...

After 16 years of absence from the sports car world, Toyota returned by reviving the Supra, and now the MR2 or the Celica may get a second lease of life. The Japanese manufacturer voiced interest, through the Supra’s key engineers, of reviving at least one of those two emblematic cars, but the road ahead is tough for that dream to materialize.

We’ve all waited 16 years for a new Supra to emerge and now, with the fifth-gen A90 closer than ever to production, there might be more in store for us from Toyota. Masayuki Kai, the Assistant Chief Engineer on the Supra project, said to Road & Track that "We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back,” but he was also adamant to point out that “what will come next depends on the market needs."

This is because, as Kai pointed out, creating a sports car is tedious in the year 2018 and highly expensive, pointing to the cooperation with BMW as the only way to bring the Supra back. The GT86 is also the product of a shared project, this time with Subaru. We can assume, as such, that another partner must be found to finance and co-develop an MR2 or Celica follow-up. Otherwise, we won’t see any new sports car from Toyota other than a new GT86 in conjunction with a new BRZ and the production version of the Le Mans-esque Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Prototype.

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1970 - 1977 Toyota Celica

1970 - 1977 Toyota Celica

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, the Japanese sports car market was still in its infancy. A number of sports models had been sold in Japan, including some supremely excellent ones like the 1967-1970 Toyota 2000GT, but Japan was still mostly known to the rest of the world for its small economy cars. But two cars would come along that would usher in an era of Japanese sport compacts that would raise the status of the entire country’s automotive industry. The first of these was the 1969-1978 Datsun 240Z in 1969, followed just a couple of years later by the Toyota Celica, in 1971.

The accompanying video for this article shows Jay Leno talking to a Toyota representative about the car. He calls the Celica Toyota’s first sports car, which isn’t strictly true. Both the Sports 800 and the 2000GT predate the Celica, but the Celica was the first mass-market Toyota sports car to be sold outside of Japan. The nameplate would live on until 2006, and continues on in spirit with the Scion tC. But more importantly, the Supra nameplate would get its start as a sub-model of the Celica, one of a few versions of the Celica that could hold its own against much more expensive sports cars with much bigger engines.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1970–1977 Toyota Celica.

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Video: Meguiar's Forza 4 DLC Car Pack

Video: Meguiar’s Forza 4 DLC Car Pack

Forza Motorsports players will have the possibility to further enrich their garages with 10 more cars thanks to the addition of a new Meguiar’s DLC car pack. The new pack is priced at 560 Microsoft Points.

The Meguiar’s DLC car pack will offer a mix of classic elegance and modern power, and combines cars from nearly the entire spectrum of the automotive history going from 1940 to 2012. Players will enjoy some of the most prominent ALMS race cars in recent history, some classic untouchable convertibles, several pre-war coupes, supercars, and more.

Here are the 10 new cars brought to you courtesy of the new Meguiar’s DLC car pack: Chevrolet Corvette Racing ZR1; 1959 BMW 507; 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe; 2011 Aston Martin Cygnet; 1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup; 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series; 1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird; 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185; 1963 Volkswagen Beetle; and 1958 MG MGA Twin-Cam.

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800 HP Toyota Celica fastest car at Goodwood

800 HP Toyota Celica fastest car at Goodwood

During this week-end the automotive world turned its attention to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and now is time to see which cars were the best in the show. One of them - the fastest car overall at Goodwood was a 800 HP Toyota Celica - who needed only 48.07 seconds to blast up the 1.6 mile driveway of Goodwood House. This result placed it in front of many famous racing cars, including recent Formula 1 cars.

The car was built and driven by the former British Rally Champion, Jonny Milner. The car is based on the sixth generation Celica and weights only 2314 lbs. In order to obtain a better weight distribution, the driver’s position has moved back 12 inches, and the car’s center of gravity has been lowered by raising the wheel arches and upper suspension mounts. Under the hood there is an engine borrowed from a World Rally Championship winning Corolla fitted with a Rotrex supercharger that ensured an output of 800 HP. The car was also equipped with a nitrous oxide injection system and super soft rallycross specification Michelin slick tires.

UPDATE 07/07/11: We’ve unearthed a video of the Toyota Celica’s dominant run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Check it out after the jump!

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Production version FT-86 might be called Celica

Production version FT-86 might be called Celica

Revealed at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, theToyota FT-86 will be put into production in 2012. Bu while the concept is inspired by the Toyota Corolla AE-86 GT, the production version might revive the Celica name. Why? Due to its resonance in the company’s history.

The FT-86 is a compact, rear wheel drive sports concept powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated four cylinder gasoline burning engine supplied by Subaru. In its non boosted form, the flat four make a maximum output of 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful super charged version depending on consumer demands.

The production version will be powered by both normally aspirated and turbocharged versions of improved Subaru engines and will target models like Nissan 370Z.

Short history: Toyota Celica was a two-door coupe sports car produced between 1970 and 2005. During its life time there were seven different generation, all of them using various four cylinder engines. The car’s name is derived from the Spanish word for "heavenly" or "celestial". The Celica was Toyota’s version of the Mustang.

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Toyota is preparing a strong showing at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Toyota is preparing a strong showing at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Japanese automaker Toyota will bring a handful of their remarkable racing cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 3-5. The three day event is Europe’s answer to Monterey Historic Races that take place every year at Laguna Seca. The event allows racing enthusiasts to get an up close look at everything from classic competition cars to the racecars of tomorrow and allows these machines the opportunity to do what it is that they do best when they race against the clock and the hill.

The sombrero wearing import carmaker will be showing off a Lexus LF-A super car and a TF108, last year’s unrestricted F1 car complete with the German Timo Glock behind the controls. Making almost as much power as the F1 machine, Toyota will also bring a four wheel drive Celica GT4-X developed by English based tuners Fensport. The Celica makes 700 HP and can make consistent 10 second quarter mile passes all day long.

Rally enthusiasts will be happy to know that their will be a pair of classic Group B Celicas as well as the car that won them the Manufacturer’s Championship in 1999, a WRC Corolla. Alain Prost’s championship ice racing Toyota Auris will also be on hand, the car is built to look like the compact city car, except the racecar is built from carbon fiber and features a tuned 3.0 Liter V6. There will also be a couple of Can-Am and Le Mans racers on hand as well.

However, it will be Gazoo Racing’s V10-powered Lexus LF-A endurance racer, coming straight from competing in the Nurburgring 24, along with an IS-F that competed in the same race twice around the clock, that will be one of the main attractions on the hill climb course, making an appearance at the Earl of March’s annual gathering.

Press release after the jump.

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Toyota's Celica rebirth may still be on track

Toyota’s Celica rebirth may still be on track

We’ve known Toyota has been working on a partnership with Subaru to bring back the Celica. But there has also been confirmation that plans were being delayed until at least 2012, if not indefinitely.

Now there’s a story coming out in next month’s L’Automobile Magazine that says the Celica will be here in 2010. The French publication says that this has been confirmed by Thierry Dombreval, vice president of sales and marketing of Toyota France.

We still are a little cautious about news of the traditionally frugal Toyota continuing plans for a sports sedan in unsure economic times (especially in addition to the rumored new hybrid MR2). But if Toyota is willing to take the risk on a new rear-drive car, we will be one its largest supporters.

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Next Celica to be built by Subaru

Next Celica to be built by Subaru

Next sports-car coming from Toyota will be built in cooperation with Subaru at Subaru’s manufacturing facility in Gunma, Japan. The future sports car will be designed to younger, sportier consumers. It will be available in two different versions and will go on sale by 2011.

The cheaper version, the GT will be priced under $20.000. It will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Subaru four cylinder engine that will deliver 200 hp.

The more powerful version, the GT-Four will come with a four-wheel drive chassis and will be powered by a 300-horsepower four-cylinder motor.

Rumors are also talking about a hybrid powered version that utilizes Toyota’s i-MEV electric inter wheel motors to drive the front wheels. Toyota also wants the chassis to be released in a two-door coupe or a three-door hatchback.

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Toyota Celica to be replaced in 2009

Toyota Celica to be replaced in 2009

The current generation Celica was taken out of production in 2005. But Toyota has good news for European sports car lovers: a replacement is under development and will be unveiled in 2009.

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Descending the stairs in a Cellica

Descending the stairs in a Cellica

This is for real! It happened in Rome. A drunk guy thought the stairs were road and he descent with his sports car some stairs in “Piazza di Spagna” when he was saw by some tourists. The guy was stopped by the cops in the middle of his “road” after he damaged the first five stairs. He was put into charges for driving under influence and destroying a historical monument.

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2002 Toyota Celica T Sport

2002 Toyota Celica T Sport

The highly acclaimed Toyota Celica sports coupe range is to be extended with the launch of a high performance Celica T Sport. The launch of the more powerful Celica marks the creation of a new T Sport brand for Toyota, reflecting the company’s successful motorsporting heritage in the FIA World Rally Championship, the American ChampCar series, the classic Le Mans 24-Hours race and its forthcoming entry into Formula 1.

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Celica runs 6.97 per 1/4 mile

Celica runs 6.97 per 1/4 mile

Have you ever dream to reach almost 200mph in 400 meters? Or you dream to travel a 1/4 mile in less than 7 seconds? Some people can. Take a look at this video and you may give up to this dream. Because you will need a car like this.

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1970 - 2006 Toyota Celica History

1970 - 2006 Toyota Celica History

Celica was originally designed for motorists motorists who love fun and style, and more than just a simple means of transportation.
The name is derived from the Latin word célico meaning "from the heavens" or "celestial".
Through all generations, Celicas have been built around Toyota’s high-performance inline-4 engines.
The plans for the Celica started in 1967.

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2008 Toyota Celica

2008 Toyota Celica

The years pass for Toyota Celica to.After 36 years of life , 7 generations, and 5 wins in the World-wide rally for the coupe,the hour of the retierment reaches.

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New Toyota Celica to be hybrid

New Toyota Celica to be hybrid

The Toyota Celica is on its way out — but then it’s coming back in a brand new guise. But don’t hold your breath, because it’s not likely to appear until 2008.
According to a report in this week’s Autocar, the Japanese car giant, which recently overtook GM as the world’s biggest carmaker, is developing a mid-engined, 4WD hybrid car with four seats to replace both the MR2 and Celica. Both cars are nearing the end of their lives and will be withdrawn by mid-2006.
It could be called a Celica (...)

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2000 - 2005 Toyota Celica

2000 - 2005 Toyota Celica

Now in its seventh generation, Toyota’s redesigned front-drive 2-door hatchback coupe came in GT and sportier GT-S trim. No convertible was offered. Wheelbase grew by 2.4 inches, but the new coupe was about 4 inches shorter overall, half an inch narrower, and about as tall as its predecessor. Basic engine in the GT was a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, making 140 horsepower.

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