Why the Fourth Generation Toyota Celica Was a Special Car

Fourth Generation Toyota Celica 1 photo
Photo: Toyota
In August 1986 the Toyota Celica was completely changed, turning from the A platform to the T one. Sadly that meant that the car was also quitting on the rear wheel power delivery.
However, as featured in a new Popular Mechanics’ top 10, the fourth generation Celica made quite an impact regarding automotive design and did that only because of the Korean carmakers that had a habit in obsessively copying cars, selling them with other badges.

As the period’s automotive designs were mostly based on sharp straight lines, copying from here and there was kind of a fashion for the Koreans to not bother with creating something unique.

That’s why Toyota decided to create complex, compound curve stamping machines in its factories to make the new Celica feature not a single straight-shaped panel.

Check the rest of the cars that changed the automotive industry here.
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