The Toyota Celica is a sports car developed by Japanese car company Toyota during the 1970s to 2006.
With an enormous seven generations of development, the Celica has seen itself transform over the years.
Various four-cylinder engines have powered it, but most significantly, the biggest change the Celica underwent occurred in 1985 when the car’s drive layout changed from rear-wheel drive to front wheel drive.
The first generation Toyota Celica was displayed at Toyko Motor show in October 1970.
It was a two-door hardtop couple that had a lot of emphasis on style and driving enjoyment.
Toyota’s target market for the Celica was predominately the American consumer; this car was a response to the 1964 For Mustang (Pony Car).
First generation Toyota Celica’s can be broken down into two distinctive models.
The first is the original with a slant nose, for the couple model only which were produced from 1970 to 1975 and came with the 2T, 2T-G 1.6 litre motor.
The second came with a flat nose and slightly longer wheelbase. The revamp came about in 1974 with engines at 2.0 litres.
Type: SOHC Inline-four, iron block and head
Displacement: 1,964cc (120-cu.in.)
Bore x stroke: 88 x 80mm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Horsepower @ RPM: 97 @ 5,500
Torque @ rpm: 106-lbs.ft. @ 3,600
Main bearings: 5
Fuel system: Two-barrel Aisin carburettor
Type: Four-speed manual, five-speed manual or three-speed automatic
Type: Recirculating ball
Type: Power-assisted, hydraulic activation
Front: 9.1-inch solid disc
Rear: 9.0-inch drum
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Wheelbase: 95.5 inches
Overall length: 169.2 inches
Overall width: 63 inches
Overall height: 51.6 inches
Curb weight: 2,392 pounds
0-60: 11.5 seconds
1/4-mile: 18.2 @ 73.9
Top speed: 104 MPH