The Toyota Celica’s name is actually a Spanish word that means “heavenly” or “celestial”. This vehicle was originally crafted and designed for those people who were young at heart and also for those people who desired and longed for simple transportation. Planning for this vehicle started in 1967. This vehicle lived a ripe age up until 2004. During the time of its planning and design, the Toyota Celica sported a style that was considered to be revolutionary for that time. It also became quite an influential vehicle as per the establishment of the sporty subcompact market segment.

Originally, this vehicle was equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine. It was made available in only one trim level which was the ST form. This vehicle was a sport coupe that held two doors. It was rather an image car, not a high-volume car. It sold well during that time.

Through the years, the Toyota Celica underwent many changes in its lifetime. One of the first changes came in 1976 when the whole line of the vehicle welcomed a new model. The addition was a liftback model. This offered a sportier handling, and a higher-grade trim. It was marketed and sold as a sport-touring type of vehicle that offers greater comfort and luggage capacity than the original model that was sold.

After two years, the second generation Toyota Celica rolled off the manufacturing plants. This time, it was made available in ST and GT trim levels. It offered more safety, power, and economy than the previous models. In 1982, the third generation of Toyota Celicas came into view. And after a year, another model was added to the Toyota Celica line up – this time it held a sportier image and it was named the Toyota Celica GT-S model. This vehicle held larger wheels, larger tires, fender flares, sports suspension, and a sportier interior that featured special seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a gearshift knob. The following years, the Toyota Celica continued to receive a variety of changes that included new engines, upgrades on its wheels, tires, and power, new luxury items added in, sound systems and entertainment systems added up, and headlights changed.

As per the last set of changes for the last batch of Toyota Celicas to be produced, this last line was made available in only two trims which were the GT and the GTS. This generation sported an aggressively styled front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, and rear spoilers. It offered a manual or automatic transmission. It also featured air conditioning, tilt steering, disc/drum brakes, 140 hp engine, six-speed manual transmission, 16 inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power locks, cruise control, high intensity discharge headlamps, power tilt/slide moonroof, and side impact airbags.

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Mark Clarkson  is a 35 year old marketing consultant for a leading auto parts store. This native of Denver is also an offroad enthusiast.