1994 ST205 Toyota Celica
Stock Number: 4524
The ST205 delivers one of the most rewarding drives for any car of this vintage. Powered by a potent, and revamped 3S-GTE the car accelerates as well as it handles. With AWD and a close-ratio five-speed gearbox, this 1994 hugs the turns and digs in for grip at the limits. Finished in Toyota's Black (202), the body is in good shape and features some neat additions such as trademark WRC wing risers and 16" Bridgestone Giro wheels. The paint shows pretty well for its age barring some stone chips up the aluminum hood. Of course, black cars do have a tendency to show imperfections a bit more than the lighter colors do so you can see some swirl marks and some etching in the clear, but nothing of real concern. While the factory aero is already pretty wild by today's standards it's only been kicked up a notch with a full 3 piece Eurou lip kit. The kit matches up with the body lines quite well, which we can't always say about aftermarket aero. The passenger side skirt does have some scratches running along the lower portion but is only really noticeable when looking up from underneath the car. A more subtle upgrade that those with a keen eye may catch are the Kouki projector headlights. The headlights alone are quite pricey and really help to upgrade night time illumination. The Celica's curvaceous bodylines have been well maintained over the years with only a few typical little door dings to note.
The cockpit of the Celica is vaguely reminiscent of the MKIV Supra, which can also be said about the styling in the first place. Like its bigger brother, the gauges and displays all tilt towards the driver ever so slightly. The gauges are easy to read, and all the important controls are readily at hand. The driving position is more centered compared to the four-door Imprezas and Evo's and for that reason feels more sporty, aside from the obvious two-door advantage over its rally counterparts that is. The stock seats offer ample bolstering right out of the box and do a great job of keeping you in place. Normally with that added bolstering, we expect to see some accelerated wear along the sides from getting in and out. Barring a little bit of crinkling, this has really been sparred from those issues. Both seats are stain free and show no signs of seam separation which is usually the next concern. Per usual, the back seats look hardly used since not many really want to shoehorn back there. The fact that the rear seats are a 50/50 split-fold does make for some much needed additional storage space which is a nice perk. While the factory radio has been pulled, they don't have much compatibility here stateside too begin with so most look to swap them out regardless. The bigger concern is the heat and A/C which work as they should, and this Celica is equipped with power windows, locks, and mirrors as well. The only aftermarket addition comes by way of a Blitz mechanical boost gauge along the A-pillar since the stock one is a bit of a joke. The original wheel has held up great and is far more streamlined than your normal wheel for the time. Even the dash, which is prone to sun damage, looks great!
Mechanically, the ST205 is a robust platform. Toyotas tried and true 3S-GTE, revised into its third iteration, sits low in the engine bay. A trick OEM water to air intercooler is front and center with a Blitz Super Sound blow off valve neatly tucked in beside it. With right at 44K verified miles this one is a real gem as it's been kept largely untouched. Aside from that Blitz BOV it does have a C-One turbo back exhaust to help free up that backpressure. Aside from being more efficient, it really lets the GT4 sounds the way it should. Out of the box, the factory exhaust is really too subdued for the rally-bred nature of these. The hearty four-banger cranks over with ease and settles into a nice hearty idle thanks to the exhaust. Unlike many 2.0L power plants of this era, these actually create great low-end torque that follows through the midrange. Mated with a 5-speed manual and an aggressive 4WD system, featuring a Torsen rear end and viscous center coupling grip will never be an issue. The OEM suspension makes great work of any tarmac situation yet is still comfortable enough for daily duty. While the brakes do a top-notch job slowing the coupe down to manageable speeds. Several maintenance items have been addressed for the next owner like a fresh air filter, 4 new tires, new pads on the back, a new idle tensioner, and a routine oil change. Two-door, AWD rally rockets aren't a thing here in the US, until now. The ST205's racing pedigree, rugged reliability, and tenacious performance make it impossible to ignore.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.