First manufactured in 1970 after it was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, the Toyota Celica was one of the Japanese firm’s flagship sports cars and lasted seven generations before production was stopped in 2006.
Cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger were gaining popularity in America which was a key driving force behind the introduction of the Celica. Over here in the UK, the Celica’s popularity grew, spurred on by its success in the British Touring Car Championships.
By June 1977, one million Celica’s had been made and a second-generation model was quickly unveiled. More commonly known as a coupe, other bodystyles including a convertible and hatchback joined later.