1977 Toyota Celica GT: Regular Car Reviews

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The 1977 Celica GT is everything right about 70's car culture.

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Christopher Jensen

visibly-old-but-clean is my favorite automotive aesthetic

4 months ago | [YT] | 1,346

Just a Random Dude

Japanese engineering with American styling. It's like a Big Mac made with wagyu beef.

4 months ago | [YT] | 187

Abbreviated Reviews

Dang, that is a beautiful body style. I don't care that it's a copy, it's a great combo. Not really sure I like the wider wheel set on it, but it is what it is.

4 months ago | [YT] | 149

Gizmo Thewytchdoktor

ok..old mechanic here... the losing rev fast phenomenon is due to the lack of a throttle drop delay"valve". there was on the stock carb,a little spring loaded and damped valve that delayed the drop in revs when you let off the throttle. that little valve was used to prevent backfiring and a temporary 'over rich' fuel air condition that would throw off the emission curve and help prevent cat overheating due to said condition. y it also had the added "benefit" of helping to sync the gears on manual transmissions for those not so adept at shifting. you will find that little pain in the butt valve right through to the fuel injection era prior to electronically throttle/idle valve installations on many cars both foreign and domestic. that particular owners installation of the carb featured doesn't have that valve thus the accurate response in throttle management. getting rid of those things were standard fare for those of us who couldn't resist doing anything within our power to sharpen response times and increase,however little, control over the performance of our cars. that and the 'fuck the epa' mentality of us mechanics of the time. needless to say,the cat(s) went too whenever possible. hope that helped.

4 months ago | [YT] | 105

ingusmant

What happened Toyota? You used to be cool

4 months ago | [YT] | 87

Snow Bunneh

Scotty Kilmer
*Heavy Breathing* OwO

4 months ago | [YT] | 904

maprow

It's like, how much more brown could this be? and the answer is none. None more brown.

4 months ago | [YT] | 470

Milsurp Mike Channel

The LCR in the Glovebox :D Alhough someone who keeps a car like this in this good of condition probably had a Colt snake gun they paid $500 back in the day that is now worth over $3K.

4 months ago | [YT] | 99

Doge Charger

This is the car scotty wishes he had

4 months ago | [YT] | 54

Rathanak's Life

I just realized my dream car is an old toyota

4 months ago | [YT] | 73

Steve

Poop brown on a sports car can only look good one one of late 70's vintage. As it does here.

3 months ago | [YT] | 10

Eduardo Kaftanski

This is the most beautiful car in RCR ever.

4 months ago | [YT] | 24

Average CarReviews

Scotty Kilmer has entered the chat

4 months ago | [YT] | 59

gosportjamie

The first generation Celica was massively ahead of its time. So much so that it kept pretty much the same chassis for the second generation and still used some of the same tech into the third. It only really changed when Toyota bought out the fourth gen, the first front-wheel drive Celica. It was a hell of a car, a huge amount of fun to drive even it totally standard, and by the '90s often rather worn out, form. And modern suspension technology and tyres have only really made them better. OK, the recirculating ball steering may not be quite as good as a good rack-and-pinion set up but otherwise it's all pretty well up to standards. And, for those lucky enough to get them, the proper Celica GT with the twin-cam engine was an utter delight and genuinely rapid, even by pretty modern standards. It's really not hard to see why these were THE cars to beat for some time in lower classes of rallying. And the semi-Mustang styling of the liftback really was genuinely pretty and the closest that a lot of people would have ever got to seeing a fastback Mustang at the time. There was a lot to love about the cars and, apart from their prodigious ability to rust like pretty much all Japanese cars of the period, they were about as painless to own as a car got, and they still are due to Toyota's habit of carrying engine designs over into many models, and generations, of vehicles...

4 months ago | [YT] | 14

Brianne C

I had one in the late 80s. I loved that car

1 week ago | [YT] | 4

Chris Spencer

I've always thought the front of the Celica looked more like the Torino GT than Camaro

4 months ago | [YT] | 11

CarNutz

You need to get behind the wheel of a first-gen (1978-1985) RX-7. The first-gen RX-7 is an underrated gem that was all the competitor to this Celica that you want. Easily transformed with mods, even lighter, reliable (yes, the first-gen 7’s were reliable), simple and with an insanely high-and-fast revving engine for it’s day.

4 months ago | [YT] | 31

nismo510

I've always loved these, like a more obscure Mustang fastback.

4 months ago | [YT] | 7

Jeremy Clegg

That's the crazy thing about cars like this. It doesn't LOOK 42 years old. It doesn't SOUND 42 years old. It doesn't register in your mind clocking in at 42 years old. Hell, the age of the muscle car was around 50 years ago but still only feels to be around 30 years ago. But when you put these next to some other cars from the same period, as you pointed out, while these cars still look decently modern, others present themselves as if they're around the age of grandma after she backed out of the driveway and didn't stop until she hit the neighbor's house 2 streets over.

4 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 300

Justin's Garage

Scotty would be proud...

4 months ago | [YT] | 9