National Geographic : 1971 Oct
Introducing the Toyota Celica ST. (Some economy car.) A tachometer and radial tires aren't usual on an economy car. A dash, console and shift knob, all of woodgrain, aren't very common either. Nor are hood vents and rally stripes. But they're all on the new Toyota Celica ST. And they're all standard. Economy cars don't usually do a standing 14 mile in 17.5 seconds. But the Celica can. With power that comes from a single overhead cam engine that's red-lined at 6200 rpm. And a transmission that's fully synchromeshed through all four forward gears. The Celica has what it takes to stop, too. Front disc brakes. Also standard. Inside, the Celica comes with an electric rear window defogger; fully-reclining bucket seats, vinyl upholstery, padded dash, wall-to-wall carpeting, an electric clock. Even an AM radio is standard. Of course, there are a few options. But very few. Air conditioning, stereo tape deck and AM/FM radio. Then how can we call it an economy car? It gets great gas mileage. About 25 mpg. It has a surprisingly small price. $2598t. And for the most obvious reason of all. It's a Toyota. Some economy car. TOYOTA We're quality oriented tManufacturer's suggested retail price. (Price and specifications subject to change without notice.) Freight, dealer preparation, options and taxes extra.