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Toyota Supra begins life as an offshoot of the Celica

Toyota's Supra story begins as a luxury offshoot of the Celica.

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

The Supra first made its way to the US as the Celica Supra in 1979.

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

The Supra was a more powerful and premium model in the Celica lineup.

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To accommodate the inline six-cylinder engine, the front of the Celica Supra was stretched by approximately 5 inches.   

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At launch, a 2.6-liter inline six-cylinder with 110 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque provided power.  

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra

A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while a four-speed automatic was available as an option.   

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra

The Celica Supra was the first Toyota vehicle in the US to offer cruise control.  

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra

For the 1980 model year, an optional convenience packaged added cruise control automatic temperature control, power windows and power door locks.  

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra

A leather interior was also available as an option.  

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra

For the first-generation model's final year of production in 1981, the engine was upgraded to a 2.8-liter unit with 116 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.  

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

1981 also saw the addition of an available sports performance package that added a sport suspension and front and rear spoilers.  

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra ad

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra ad

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra ad

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra ad

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra ad

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1979 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1980 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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1981 Toyota Celica Supra brochure

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