1994 Toyota Celica GT Four
Stock Number: 4446
The ST205 is a sublime platform and packs a lot of power and grip into a small package. Created initially for rally homologation, this 1995 Celica embodies some of the best performance engineerings that Toyota ever stuffed into a road car. Offered with only 50K verified miles and finished in a classic Toyota Black (202), this AWD rocket includes some sleek TRD aero and snazzy Rays wheels that really set it off. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings and chips associated with normal use. The gills, vents, and massive rear wing harken back to a special era in motorsport that many of us can only relive in video games. After a quarter-century, now you can own these GT-Fours legally, and the wait was definitely worth it!
The somewhat simple, almost spartan interior definitely draws some cues from its bigger brother, the Supra. All the controls, vents, and important gauges tilt ever so slightly in the direction of the driver. Power folding mirrors, windows, and locks are all standard on this model. More akin to an airplane, there are cockpit controls for digital climate and audio which are right at hand, with large buttons that are easy to read. You sit fairly centered in the cabin, and the beltline does feel a touch higher than our average sports car. Due to the skinny A-pillars and low lying dash, visibility is still good and unobstructed. The charcoal-colored dash is in good nick and devoid of any major cracks, discoloration or distortion. The headliner and door cards are in good shape as well and held tightly to their mounting surfaces. The seats deliver decent support and are comfortable on long cruises. The rear bench and front buckets are in above average shape and don't suffer from any of the traditional bolster wear or any other rips stains or tears. The carpet is also in good shape and doesn't have any major rips or holes. The only interior upgrade besides the leather Momo steering wheel is a Kenwood head unit with USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth inputs. The system works properly and belts the tunes throughout the cockpit. Likely the darker privacy tint has blocked many of the UV rays from fading the upholstery and plastics and it sure has helped! That's not to say the interior is perfect, and there is some accelerated leather wear on the steering wheel and shift knob, but once again, this car is over two decades old.
The engine and driveline on the ST205 are typical Toyota, and that bodes well for the next owner. Updated for the 1994 model year, this third-generation 3S-GTE makes plenty of power and particularly good midrange torque. Benefitting from a fresh semi-synthetic oil service, this 1998cc mill doesn't require any service for the next 3000 miles. with the twist of a key, it promptly fires to life. Normally they are pretty quiet but a Kakimoto exhaust livens up the tone on this one a bit. Acceleration is brisk and the close-ratio five-speed gearbox is a gem. Power is sent to all four wheels and the gold 17" Rays 57c alloys are wrapped in new all-season rubber all around. The brakes are incredible and the suspension makes the driver feel confident. Although the "Superstrut" system isn't the most refined, it was effective at making the Celica one of the best handling cars on the market at the time. The steering is nicely weighted and communicative as well.
A rally Allstar, with the looks to match the Celica, is one of the most prized JDM exports. As a road-going vehicle, they are practical to own and a blast to drive. Its world renown turbo engine, stout AWD, and tenacious grip are what make the GT-Fours so desirable and a bonafide Japanese Classic.
*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.