|Stepho's Toyota Site|
You won't find the usual set of pretty Celica pictures here
because there are plenty of other sites that have those.
But you will find heaps of technical and historical information.
1970-1977 Celicas are the main focus but there is plenty of general Toyota stuff as well.
Also, you may notice that I haven't used all the latest wizbang web features
with fancy background graphics and multimedia.
I have choosen not to use features that distract from the information itself.
The layout is more for neatness and the ability to find information.
Think of a library rather than an art gallery.
Much of the information here has been interpreted by me but much of the raw
information has been gathered from many generous people around the world.
Some of it has been copied directly (with permission).
Thank you to the many people who have helped me.
Toyota divides the world into 3 main markets.
- JDM - Japanese Domestic Market
- America (USA, Canada, S.America)
- International (the rest of the world)
Each market has further divisions (eg Europe, Australia are within the international market) and even more subdivisions (eg Germany, UK).
There are separate data books for each market.
This is why Japanese data books cover only Japan, American data books cover only America and international data books don't cover Japan or America.
This web site uses calendar dates. Thus, a 1975 car is the car introduced during the year 1975.
Americans use a different system that confuses me no end. They say that a car introduced during 1974 is a 1975 car because part of its life time extends into 1975 and calling it 1975 sounds so much better to the buying public ("why buy a 1974 when you can have next year's car today?"). I have some data sheets showing a car model going from 1973 to 1st Jan 1973. Seemed a short run until I realised it meant mid 1972 to 1st Jan 1973. I had to choose whether the world follows America's practice (confusing everybody outside of America) or for Americans to follow the rest of the world. Since both Japan and Australia (my country) use calendar dating and it is used by most countries outside of America, it wins.
This means that most cars are listed by both year and month of production.
When a year is used without a month then it means the year of introduction.
So if a production run goes from August 1975 to October 1976,
then cars built in August 1976, Dec 1976, Jan 1977 and September 1977 are all called a 1976 model.
Cars built in late 1977 to early 1978 are similary called a 1977 model.
Americans would call these '77 (late '76 to early '77) and '78 (late '77 to early '78) models respectively.
Japan does its dates slightly different from everybody else.
Year 1 in Japan is 1926 AD by the international calendar.
Otherwise it is the same.
Japan year + 1925 = AD year.
AD year - 1925 = Japan year.
Japan also uses the general Asian practice of writting year/month/day.
So, 57/10 is Oct 1982.
I have used international years in YYMM format, so 7012 is December 1970.
Browse around and enjoy.
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Last updated 12 Sept 2009