The Toyota Celica went through seven generations during its 35-year lifetime that spanned from the 1971 to 2006 model years. Introduced at the 1970 Tokyo Motor Show, the Celica was a scaled-down version of Toyota's 2000GT sports car and the carmaker's version of the Ford Mustang. The 1971 Celica was based on the EX-1 "Car of the Future" prototype, making it a revolutionary car for its time.
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The 1971 Toyota Celica was available in LT and ST models. The lower-end LT contained a 2T carburetted four-cylinder engine displacing 1600cc while the ST included a twin Solex-carburettor 2T-B engine. A GT model was added to the Celica line in 1974 and was equipped with a DOHC twin-Solex carburettor 1600cc engine. The Celica was awarded with "Import Car of the Year" honours from Motor Trend in 1974, 1976 and 1977.
Toyota's Celica entered its second generation in 1978 and was available in ST and GT models, which came equipped with 2.2-litre engines. The Celica earned praise from Motor Trend again with "Import Car of the Year" honours in 1978.
The Toyota Celica's second generation covered the 1982 to 1985 models years and offered 2.4-litre engines. In 1982, the turbocharged Celica GT-T model was introduced in Japan and was equipped with a 1.8-litre 3T-GTE engine.
With the biggest changes to date in the car's history, the fourth-generation Toyota Celica covered the 1986 to 1989 model years. Available in ST, GT and GT-S coupe or hatchback models, the Celica featured a rounder body and 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines that offered between 116 and 135 horsepower.
Manufactured from 1990 to 1993, the Toyota Celica's fifth generation of cars were available in ST, GT and GT-S models. The GT models were powered by 2.2-litre 5S-FE engines, while the ST model featured a DOHC 16-valve, 1.6-litre 4A-FE engine.
Covering the 1994 to 1999 model years, the Toyota Celica was available in ST and GT models. The ST models featured 1.6-litre, 110-hp engines while the GT models were equipped with 2.2-litre, 135-hp engines.
Launched in 2000, the Toyota Celica's seventh generation proved to be the car's last. The 2006 Celica was available in GT and GTS models and featured 1.8-litre, 140-hp and 1.8-litre 180-hp engines, respectively. The GT was equipped with a five-speed manual overdrive transmission while the GTS sported a six-speed manual overdrive transmission. The GT originally sold for £11,485 while the GTS carried a £14,517 price tag. Standard safety features in the 2006 Celica models included driver, passenger and side airbags while anti-lock brakes were offered as optional equipment.
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