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Toyota Celica

Celica RA60 (Mk3)

1 Nov 1981

The radically reshaped Mk3 Celica, with its wedgy profile, pop-up headlights and very '80s interior – shared nothing other than its drivetrain and suspension with its portly predecessor.

Strongly futuristic in style and designed by a Japanese team allegedly all under 25 years in age, two wedgy body styles were offered – two-door coupe and three-door hatchback.

And again, despite the standout styling, the Celica’s poor dynamics were a major disappointment.

It also suffered from a big weight increase, sapping even more life from the revised but barely improved 2.0-litre 21R-C engine’s languid performance.

A new four-speed auto was introduced. This was a low point in the Celica’s long career here.

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