About Toyota Celica
The name Celica comes from the Latin coelica. It means "celestial" or "heaven." In Japan, the name Celica is reserved for Corolla dealers. In 1973, the company adopted the term liftback for the Toyota Celica car and used the name liftback GT for the North American market. The Toyota Celica concept was intended to combine the body of a coupe with the chassis and mechanical components of a larger car. However, some journalists suspect it is based on Corona. Some of their mechanical parts are identical. At the Tokyo Motor Show in December of that year, the Celica was presented alongside the Toyota Carina as a two-door hardtop coupe that emphasized styling and driving pleasure. It was one size larger than the Corolla and the same size as the Corona.
There are several dealer networks in Japan offering different models. The Toyota Celica is the exclusive distributor. From 1965 to 1969, the Toyota Celica replaced the Sports 800. The liftback model was then exported to many Asian countries and Europe as RA28/TA28 model with a 2T-B engine. After an update in October 1975, it was also offered in right-hand and left-hand drive versions in other markets. The RV-1 concept was also presented at the 1971 Tokyo Motor Show. However, it did not go into production. A GTV version was also produced. It was introduced in 1972 with a slightly less luxurious interior than the GT model to reduce the car's weight. The GTV had the same engine. But a thicker front end and stiffer suspension improved handling. The first-generation Toyota Celica can be divided into two different models. The first was the original version with diagonal splitters.
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The A40 automatic transmission was available as an option on North American ST and LT models beginning in 1973. For 1975, the 1974 body was used, and the earlier chrome bumpers were replaced with stronger chrome and black rubber bumpers with horizontally mounted shock absorbers, allowing the car to crash at 5 km/h without serious damage. The North American Toyota Celica had the same bodywork. But it received federal front and rear bumper requirements for the 1974 model year. Body-colored urethane panels filled the space formerly occupied by small chrome bumpers. These bumpers were used in North America until the end of this generation in 1977. These bumpers were also used in Japan on the 1976-1977 GT liftback, but not on lower models or coupes.
The second-generation Celica was launched in 1978, again in coupe and liftback versions. It was developed in the United States by the Toyota Calty Research Design Studio in California. The coupe version no longer had a hardtop. Both the coupe and liftback had frameless windows but a thick B-rail. David Stoller was responsible for the design. The first version of the second-generation Celica featured round headlights, and lower trim levels had a chrome bumper. On higher trim levels, such as the Japanese GT model and all American models, the bumpers were black rubber. In August 1979, a redesigned model was introduced with square headlights and modified taillights. They had chrome bumpers and bumpers on both corners. The North American ST and GT models used the 2.2-liter 20R engine. The new generation offered greater safety, more power, and lower fuel consumption than previous models and was named "Import Car of the Year" by Motor Trend magazine in 1978.