1994 Toyota Celica GT4
Stock Number: 4329
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 WRC wing risers and Motegi rolling stock. Other than some light clear coat fading, and some normal chips, and dings this 48K Verified mile example is good condition overall. Up to date on maintenance, and Virginia State safety inspected, the next owner can immediately hit the tarmac with a turn-key experience.
The interior of the Celica hints at its relationship to its bigger sibling, the Supra. All the instrumentation, gauges, and audio controls face the driver. Unlike many of the four-door competitors to the GT-Four, the driving position is centralized in the cockpit. The dash is low slung and provides decent forward visibility in combination with the skinny front pillars. Despite the heat that can accumulate in a black vehicle, the dash is neither crack or distorted. Privacy tint was done in Japan at some point to reduce interior temps and hide prying eyes for glancing inward. A wood grain MOMO steering wheel dresses up the dour interior and offers some nice contrast to the charcoal and deep blue appointments. There is some leather wear to the shift boot, but the other touch surfaces are of decent quality. The seats, for instance, are bolstered well and devoid of any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner and door cards are properly upholstered and aren't sagging like many ST205s we have seen. The OEM audio is functional, albeit the volume knob is missing. The heat and A/C work as they should, and the Celica features power mirrors, locks, and windows. While it can be criticized for being a bit boring, the Celicas interior allows the pilot to focus on what matters most, which is how the drive.
Under the bonnet, with all of its gills and ducts, resides the legendary 3S-GTE 2.0L. The third iteration of this sump, the engine has considerably more low-end power than its predecessor. Fresh off a recent service, including new plugs, fuel filter, and an oil change, this punchy four-banger doesn't require any scheduled maintenance for another three thousand miles. With a turn of the key, the engine fires up and sets into a nice, constant idle. Acceleration is brisk, and the AWD system never suffers for grip. The transmission shifts as it should, as there isn't a hitch or grind to complain about. The suspension is planted, especially for being the OEM design. Unlike many of these on coilovers, ground clearance isn't an issue and handling large and small bumps doesn't rattle your bones. The large brakes, sourced from the Supra parts bin, slow down this bantamweight rally car exuberantly. The Motegi wheels have been redone in matte black, and feature brand new tires mounted and balanced at all four corners. These all-seasons will have you covered should you encounter any inclement weather or a dusty road you see fit to rally down.
Built to rally, yet refined enough for daily use, this ST205 is a Japanese Classic. A rally car for the street, these Celicas offer an incredible bang for the buck and feature Toyota's reliable mechanicals and craftsmanship to boot.
*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.