The Celica Supra is a 2 door, rear wheel drive grand touring car spawned off the Celica platform in 1978. In 1986.5 the third generation was released and it went it’s separate ways from the now front wheel drive Celica, and was only known as Supra. This blog focuses entirely on the second generation chassis, the MA61, or more commonly referred to by North Americans, as the “mark two”.
The name Celica Supra is latin based meaning “to surpass the heavens/stars”. Toyota was big into mythology with naming and badging of their cars in the 1970s and 1980s. The early Celica emblem appeared to be that of a dragon, or dragon-masted viking ship. The Celica Supra used a more streamlined, modern version of this dragon/ship on it’s nose badge and b-pillars.
Unlike their rival, the Datsun/Nissan Z cars, the Supra retained it’s inline 6 cylinder engine throughout all generations. Starting off with the M series engine that ran from 1965 until 1992 in various configurations in various chassis. The very same M block that was used in the legendary 2000GT sports car. In 1982, as with the 2000GT, Yamaha designed the cylinder head for Toyota to land in the second generation Supra for the 2.8 liter 5MGE engine.