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08-18-2006, 01:21 AM
The Celica was originally designed for motorists who were young at heart and wanted more than simple transportation. Planning for the Celica was begun in 1967, styling was quite revolutionary for the day and it was influential in the establishment of the sporty subcompact market segment.

The original Celica was equipped with a carbureted four-cylinder engine displacing 1.6 liters. It was available only in ST form and as a two-door sport-coupe, an image car rather than a high-volume car. The Celica sold well from the outset, its first major change or addition, taking place in 1974 with the addition of the GT model. Introduction of the GT brought with it a two-liter engine that would, in various versions, power Celicas for the next 11 years.

In 1976, the Celica line was enlarged with the addition of the liftback model, available only in GT trim. The GT package included the larger engine, offered sportier handling, higher-grade trim, etc. The liftback model was marketed as a sport-touring type vehicle, offering greater comfort and luggage capacity than the notch-back models.

The second generation Celica was released in 1978, and was again available in both ST and GT trim levels. 2.2-liter engines for both models provided power. This new generation offered more safety, power and economy than previous models.

1982 saw the introduction of the third generation Celica. Styling was changed considerably from previous models and power was now provided by 2.4-liter engines. In 1983, Toyota added the GT-S model to the Celica line to re-inject the sports image that Celica had lost, as it grew larger and heavier with each subsequent model. The GT-S included larger wheels and tires, fender flares, sports suspension, and a sports interior including special seats and a leather-wrapped steering-wheel and gearshift knob.

For 1986, Celica changed completely. It was an all-new vehicle with front-wheel-drive, a rounded, flowing-body and new 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-cam engines. Celica was now available in ST, GT and GT-S trim, all available as either coupe or liftback models. ST-S and GT-S came with a 116-horsepower engine, while the GT-S was given a 135-horsepower version of the same 2.0-liter engine. Front-wheel-drive and four-wheel independent suspension made the Celica the perfect all-around sports car.

In 1988, Toyota introduced the "ultimate Celica", the All-Trac Turbo. With full-time all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, it immediately took its place as the flagship of the Celica range.

The next generation Celicas, the fifth, were introduced in 1990. They received revised styling, upgraded wheels and tires, and more power. The GT and GT-S engines grew to 2.2-liters, while the ST sported a 1.6-liter -- all were DOHC 16-valve. Anti-lock brakes were available on all models, as were numerous luxury items -- all were standard on the All-Trac model though. With its leather interior, ten-speaker sound system and power-operated driver's seat and sunroof included as standard equipment, the All-Trac was the most expensive Celica yet. With its 200-horsepower turbocharged engine, it was also the most powerful Celica yet.

For 1994, Toyota pulled out all the stops. The sixth-generation Celicas bore very little resemblance to their previous brethren. Celica was only available in ST and GT configuration for the 1994 model year, but the addition of the optional "sports package" to the GT produced GT-S-like handling. The All-Trac model was dropped, and for 1994 there was no convertible. Styling of the new Celicas was acclaimed by most publications as "Supra-esque" with four exposed headlights. Celicas were available in either coupe or liftback form, with the GT sports package available only on the liftback.

New safety equipment in the form of driver- and passenger-side airbags was standard, and anti-lock brakes were available on all models. Celicas also sported CFC-free air-conditioning.

1995 saw the introduction of the third generation convertible. Built off of the GT Coupe model.

The 1996 Celica received optional side skirts to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a redesigned rear spoiler. Also available were optional driving lights in the redesigned grille area (standard on GT models).

For 1997, the only change in the Celica was the discontinuation of the GT Coupe model.

In 1998, the ST model was discontinued to simplify the Celica ordering process. All Celicas (Coupe, Liftback and Convertible) are now GT models. All ‚Äė98 Celicas include additional standard equipment, making Celica a better value.

In 1999, the Celica ordering process was simplified even further with the elimination of the Coupe grade. Celica was now available in GT Liftback and GT Convertible.

For 2000, Celica went back to its performance car roots by entering its seventh generation with all-new cutting edge styling, powerful performance and an aggressive attitude.

The new Celica's cab-forward design features a high-fashion look with Indy-car design elements. Sharp-edged panels, dramatic plunging curves, a tall tail and a radically lowered front fascia were stark contrasts compared to past models. The new Celica was shorter in length, but longer in wheelbase with greatly reduced front- and rear-overhangs.

The Celica GT-S grade is powered by an all-new 1.8 liter, four-cylinder DOHC all-aluminum engine that generates 180 horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 133 lbs./ft. of torque at 6,800 rpm. The GT-S powerplant utilizes variable valve timing and lift, with intelligence control (VVTL-i) that increases the intake/exhaust lift when the engine speed is high to improve output and fuel efficiency.

The GT model's 1.8-liter, four cylinder comes equipped with VVT-i and produces 140 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 125 lbs./ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm.

The GT-S model comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic with sport-shift. The GT version is available in five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.

Celica: The name is derived from the Spanish word for "heavenly" or "celestial".

Celicas are built at the Tahara Plant in Tahara, Japan. Convertibles receive final assembly in conversion in California.

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08-18-2006, 01:39 AM
Ummmmmm.... I had a '75 Celica ST with a 2.2L motor (stock) :wtf: Me thinks yer celica roots need investigatin', they do... LOL ;)

08-18-2006, 03:21 AM
odd i saw a 76 with a 18rg in it


yeah 18rc or 18rg

not 20r

08-18-2006, 04:08 AM

You need an editor.

Where do I start.
You forgot the Celica Supra.

FWD is DIFINITLY not a "perfect all around sports car".

The ST165 was introduced in 1987.

The 5th gen was first sold in 1989.

The 90/91 Alltrac had the extras as options, not standard.
The 92/93 had MOST as standard.

The 5th gen had dr air bags standard.

You're still Jesse Jacksons brotha though.

08-18-2006, 04:10 AM
note this was copied and pasted from the gts fourms

08-18-2006, 01:14 PM
note this was copied and pasted from the gts fourms
Arrrrr, ye gets what ye pays for ;) Seriously, though, I believe that Toyota used the 2.0L through '74 and went to 2.2L in '75 (was offered in ST and GT, same engine.....man, I miss that old car :) ) Perhaps the '76 you saw had a transplant ????

08-18-2006, 03:24 PM
In the brutha's defense I saw the same thing, not on the gts forums, but somewhere else. It was basically verbatim with what Joe posted.

08-18-2006, 04:47 PM
well one of the years had a 1.8 or 1.9 in it

20r didnt come out till 78 i thought or wasnt in a celica and the corona till 78

20r= 2.2

18rg = 2.0 dohc
18rc = 2.0 sohc

08-18-2006, 04:57 PM
Check this out.


08-18-2006, 05:01 PM
The 4th gen GT is wrong on wikipedia. Though it was the 3sfe 2.0... not a 1.6 4age.

I edited it a little.. don't know the details about the engine.

08-18-2006, 07:36 PM
About engine sizes, it depends on whether you are talking usdm or...well, the rest of the freakin world.

USDM had the 18r*c* (2.0 sohc) from 71-74 and the 20r (2.2 sohc) from 75-77.

Rest of world (this is where I get a bit fuzzy) had options from 70-77 between the 2tg (1.6 dohc) and the 18r*g* (2.0 dohc). There seems to be other more economy oriented engines (but who cares about them? :hehe: )

This picture is part of a brochure for a country besides america (england maybe :shrug: )

AAANNNNDDDD, the liftback models were introduced into japan in 73. America didn't get the liftback until 76 when the hood was stretched, and became (technically) and different car (ra29 instead of ra25).

08-20-2006, 06:24 AM

Heh, me and a guy from celicas.co.uk created the 5th gen section.

04-19-2008, 08:55 AM
unill there was the tc which took over the celica. anyone know how much hp there was in a 90 celica gt-s????

04-19-2008, 08:57 AM
1971 - 1st generation introduced in U.S. as 'ST' model.
1974 - Celica GT introduced.
1974 - Celica wins Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year."
1976 - CY 1976 - Celica wins Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year".
1977 - Celica introduced in liftback form.
1977 (June) - 1-millionth Celica produced.
1977 - Celica wins Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year."
1978 - 2nd generation Celica introduced.
1978 - CY 1978 - Wins Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year".
1982 - 3rd generation introduced.
1984 - Celica GT-S among "Best Buys" -- Consumerís Digest
1984 - "Ten Best Cars" -- Car and Driver
1985 - 1st generation convertible produced.
1986 - 4th generation, front-wheel-drive introduced.
1987 - 2nd generation convertible produced.
1987 - 89 - Among "Best Buys" by Consumerís Digest.
1988 - All-trac introduced.
1990 - 5th generation introduced.
1991 - Among "Best Buys" by Consumerís Digest.
1993 - Last year of GT-S, All-Trac Turbo.
1994 - 6th generation introduced.
1995 - 3rd generation convertible produced.
1996 - Minor change to front fascia.
1997 - "Most Reliable Used Vehicles, MYís Ď89-Ď95" -- J.D. Power & Associates
1999 - Coupe grade is discontinued.
2000 -The all-new seventh-generation Celica is introduced
2001- Consumer Reports rates Celica GT-S "Best Sports Coupe"