1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four

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Many consider the mid-1990s to be the pinnacle of Toyota's performance era. On the race track, Toyota was dominating. They won from road racing, to GT, and even on dirt and gravel. This 1994 Celica GT-Four is a prime example of the brand's most heralded rally rocket. Finished in Baltic Blue (752), and set off by genuine C-One Aero and wide 17x9 Enkei alloys, this lightly modified ST205 is an eye-catching coupe that drives even better than it looks. Lowered on Fortune Auto suspension, it corners with obscene amounts of grip and powers through exits with ferocity. Aside from some light imperfections, the paint is in good nick, and prior repairs in Japan include replacement front fenders and a hood. Best of all, this potent four-seater is fresh off a recent service, and boasts only 37k verified and documented miles. In fact, as a vehicle that was employee-owned, it was serviced at our facility for the past three years and has received multiple performance, cosmetic, and interior upgrades since we brought it stateside. For those looking for a clean, punchy, and collectible GT-Four, this one is hard to beat and is a special Japanese Classic!

The cabin was cared for in a prior life and it really shows. The interior design draws from its bigger brother, the Supra, and the switchgear is all subtly wrapped around the driver, so it feels akin to an airplane cockpit. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or distortion. The automatic climate control is simple to use and blows cold A/C for these remaining dog days of summer. Directly adjacent is a US Pioneer Bluetooth head unit that was installed in the shop and pairs with a discreet backup camera for ease of parking. The audio quality is decent as the speakers were just replaced, but the 3S-GTE sounds better than any top 40 tune, as far as we're concerned. The driver benefits from an adjustable steering column to find the most comfortable driving position and a set of supportive cloth bucket seats. The upholstery is soft to the touch and durable, lacking any major rips, stains, or tears. It has a tiny hole on the driver's seat bottom, but that's about the worst thing to note on the interior, which is a bit of nitpicking. A TRD shift knob adds to the sporty aesthetic, and the interior is otherwise the same as it left the factory, otherwise. The door cards, headliner, and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without taking much abuse. Electric windows and door locks are all on standby in case you plan to daily drive. We did want to also note the passenger power mirror no longer power adjusts. On the positive side the original carpet mats, owners manuals, and maintenance booklets are included in the sale, which are seldom found together.

The ST205 was powered by the fourth generation of Toyota's legendary 3S-GTE. Tuned to make 255hp, this 2.0L is fresh off a recent oil and filter service and cranks to life promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. New spark plugs were installed to keep her tip-top, and the one-off twin loop exhaust improves the aural experience. The compact engine utilizes a water-to-air intercooler and was considered cutting edge at the time of production. Power is sent through a five-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels. The gearbox lacks any grinds, and feels communicative and notchy. It is rewarding to run up and down the gears, and canyon carvers will love the neutral chassis. The worn old super strut suspension was replaced with new Fortune Auto adjustable coilovers and we rehabbed the Celica's handling with a new front left UCA before she completed her state inspection. The brakes are confident and the steering is direct, and provides all the feedback you could want. The all-season tires were mounted and balanced on the RPF-1's within the past 1200 miles and will last for tens of thousands of more miles to come.

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.

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