1977 Toyota Celica GTS

We've seen a few of Alameda's surviving street-driven imports in this series, but only one Toyota so far (and that was a Land Cruiser, not a car). That means it's a Toyota Down on the Street day!

1977 Toyota Celica GTS

Some folks say the first-gen Celica shamelessly ripped off the styling of the late-60s fastback Fords, but this car definitely has distinctive Toyota style.



1977 Toyota Celica GTS


"Distinctive Toyota Style" is a phrase you don't hear much these days, sadly. You might hear stuff like "astonishing Toyota reliability" or "relentless Toyota corporate juggernaut," though.


1977 Toyota Celica GTS


These pillar vents look great in a very science-fictiony way; they took the Ford fastback pillar trim look and did something interesting with it. (Insert standard damn-shame-Toyotas-are-so-boring-now tirade here)


1977 Toyota Celica GTS


The '77 Celica wasn't very fast, but it looked good, got decent mileage, and ran forever.


1977 Toyota Celica GTS


Look at it this way: you're car shopping in '77- do you get the Celica or the Chevy Monza?


1977 Toyota Celica GTS

Much like all the other 70s Japanese iron, the early Celicas have mostly disappeared into the jaws of The Crusher by now. I see a few of them around Alameda, though, so look for more on these pages.