1994 Toyota Celica GT4
Stock Number: 4200
Born from rally homologation the ST205 has a racing pedigree with the temperament for the street. The more Toyota GT-Four Celicas we retail, the more we fall in love with them. This little four-wheel-drive terror does everything well, possessing a zingy two-liter 3S-GTE and tenacious grip when sashaying through the twisties. Offered with only 36K original miles this Storm Blue (752) example is in incredible shape and has hardly a ding or scratch on the bodywork. New belt moldings and rare factory rain guards tidy up the exterior, which is sculpted flowing yet muscular style. This 1994 is lightly modified, featuring a period-correct custom C-One aero, and includes a slate of updated maintenance items so the st205 can immediately attack the tarmac!
The cockpit has a decidedly purposeful layout. Like the Supra, everything faces the driver as to not distract from the driving experience. The dash is low slung, and unlike many of the Nissan products, is neither discolored or cracked. The skinny A-pillars and natural seating position aid visibility and the driver has a great command of the road. The view out front is particularly cool, as the folks at Toyota were anything but stingy on adding scoops or grills, and the distinctive bonnet vents are noticeable from the cabin. The instrumentation is all functional, and the control stock features switchgear for the large factory fogs and rear window wiper. A new shift boot and gear lever have been installed, as the old ones were worn out, and the seats are immaculate. The blue and gray trimmed front buckets are plenty supportive, and the durable cloth has held up well over the past 25 years. The rear seats look hardly used and can be utilized in a pinch to ferry two additional persons around. Long cruises can be undertaken without the slightest bit of concern, as this Toyota provides a comfy ride with little squeaks or rattles. Privacy tint surrounds the rear and side glass providing some cooling and protection from the damaging rays of the sun. The A/C blows cold if cracking the windows isn't your thing, and during the winter months, the heat pumps into the cabin with fervor. One-touch drivers window, power locks, and power-folding side mirrors complete the list of factory convenience items, and all function as they should. A Kenwood head unit, with functional Bluetooth, pipes in the tunes over upgraded Pioneer speakers. The carpets and headliner look like new and do all of the interior plastics.
Beauty is only skin deep, and the mechanicals is where this GT-Four really shines. The torquey 3S-GTE is the heart of the Celica and unlike many 2.0L power plants of this era, it actually creates decent low-end torque. Mated with a 5-speed manual and an aggressive 4WD system, featuring a Torsen rear end and viscous center coupling. The startup is easy, and a turn of the key gets the engine up and moving. A fresh oil and filter service ensures this low mileage ST205 needn't be serviced for another 5000 kilometers. The engine revs freely, and a Fujitsubo catback deepens the exhaust tone and is the only power modification installed. Acceleration is impressive, and back in 1994, these cars logged sub-six-second zero to sixty times. The transmission, a close-ratio unit, makes quick work or the lower gears and shifts without a hitch or grind. The OEM suspension is firmer than most, but it handles large potholes without any complications and keeps the body flat in the turns. The brakes, which are massive for such a small car, reel the car back down to safe speeds in a jiffy. The iconic three-spoke alloys come mounted with new all-season rubber at all corners and provide tons of grip.
This historic offering by Toyota is every bit as good to drive as it was in 1994. Designed to handle the rigors of WRC, this Celica's iconic styling, premium driving dynamics, and Toyotas bulletproof reliability make it an instant Japanese Classic.
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