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Little money, but you still fancy a classic car? No Problem – it’s the bargain of the sled. This time: the Toyota Celica, Japan’s answer to the Ford Mustang.


Thomas Höhn

By Haiko Prengel

Sunday, 14.10.2018
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Toyota Celica – popular athlete with a lot of luxury

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Toyota Celica

General information about the model: The Toyota Celica was, in principle, Japan’s answer to the Pony Car wave, the mid-sixties, with the Ford Mustang came, and soon, Europe and the far East should reach. The long bonnet, the broad-shouldered rear: The Similarity of the Ur-Celica (1970 to 1975) the Mustang was not to be overlooked – especially as the Liftback, so with the rear window-hinged door.

The inner values of the Japanese athletes turned out to be, however, as a relatively narrow-chested. V8 engine, all generations of the Celica was only offered with four-cylinder. The performance ranged from 75 to 123 HP, which was for seventy years as a national athlete nevertheless to look at. In Germany, the competition is no longer offered with the Opel Manta and Ford Capri. On the contrary, in the basic version of the Toyota Celica had a significantly more luxurious interior. A second mirror, for example, was series, in the GT Version shoots a five-speed and a part of the locked differential. Electric Windows, leather seats and other Extras could be ordered for a surcharge.

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Basically, the customers could choose between manual and automatic transmission. Special editions, there was practically never made, attractive convertible versions – first as special conversions by coachbuilders, and later from the factory. The top version of the Celica name was from 1978, Supra, and made it with a 125 or even a 140-HP six-cylinder in-hard aggregates for each Manta or Capri.

The big turning point came in 1985 With the fourth-generation model (T16) was not switched to the Celica from the rear – to front-wheel drive, which has affected his popularity but. Because at the same time, the now transversely mounted engines with modern four-valve technology and up to 150 HP steam. The all-wheel-drive GT came with a turbocharger even at 180 HP, and also celebrated as a rally car successes. Only the top model Supra retained the classic rear-wheel drive and was also now a stand-alone, from the Celica separate model. The Celica-Era ended only in 2005 with the T23, after a total of seven model generations.

Why? A Ford Mustang is not the Toyota Celica, but he is perhaps the most beautiful copy of the famous Muscle Car for Everyone. The body lines of the Liftbacks from the seventies are a feast for the eyes, but also the square pop-up headlights-models from the early eighties have their charm. „The car is a real eye-catcher,“ says Stefan Blasczyk from the Toyota Celica Club of upper Franconia. You can’t tell from the Mustang, not necessarily more, since the cars were imported to Europe and the classic scene such as a glut of rolled over. The Celica Blaszyk says of the powerful and at the same time moderately thirsty engines. Previously, he drove a T16 with two-liter engine and 150 HP, he sold it with 300,000 km on the clock, full ready to drive without any technical problems. Currently Blasczyk has a Celica TA40 1982 as a rare convertible conversion of the company Tropic. The driving experience: „Very sporty“, mainly due to the five-speed transmission. For the relaxed cruising of the Celica wants a Fan but secretly, often times the automatic transmission, as it was on the US market Standard. „This is more convenient.“

Availability: Not only Toyota can Meet one amazingly well preserved Celica marvel at. Also in the Car online exchanges, you can still find decent cars. Even from the first series, copies, in which neither the fenders nor any other body exchanged components, or little have been know to speed still exist. You can’t say the same for many of the Opel Manta or Ford Capri. In principle, the series, the greater the selection (only the third Generation of Celica TA/RA6 is as good as extinct), the following applies: The younger. In particular, cars of the T18 model series (from 1989) are a dime a dozen on the dealer gravel places, literally, the first cars to come next year to the H-mark-age.

Spare parts supply: For a classic from the far East is the spare part situation amazingly well. Common wear parts are even for the Ur-Celica yet almost all of them, and for the later model series. Many technology components have remained over the years is identical, so that, for example, a starter or a light machine in a different Celica, and can fit. It is more difficult parts of the body, here, owners of older Celica rely on the help of Clubs. The knowledge, where there is still stock of spare parts.

Prices for spare parts (example):

  • Set of front brake discs: approx. 30 Euro
  • Set of front brake pads: from 30 Euro
  • Light machine: approx. 100 Euro
  • Mudguard: approx. 150 Euro

Weak points: rust is an issue, are affected more frequently, fenders, wheel arches and the boot lid. The soil group is preparing less of a problem. In General, the sheet metal was quality, Toyota offered the Celica, but then very good. Also, the technique is considered to be robust, the engines are with normal care for several hundred thousand kilometers. In the case of overly sporty driving manner, the components will of course suffer more, then the cylinder head, and gear damage or worn differentials and couplings occur.

Price: ready-to-Drive cars with a valid HU-plaque is about 2000 euros upwards. The rare convertible versions usually cost a premium. Well-preserved Celica was the first model series from the seventies are traded between 7000 and 8000 euros. The early 16V versions from the eighties are lovers, sometimes up to 12,000 euros.

Points of contact on the Internet:

  • Toyota Forum
  • Roof Federation of the Toyota Clubs in Europe

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