1994 Toyota Celica ST205
Available for: $15,995
Stock Number: 4306
Commissioned for homologation to compete in the World Rally Championship, the ST205 Celica still drives like a world-class sports coupe and is highly prized as a collectible. The potent combination of Toyotas legendary 3S-GTE and AWD made for racing success and resulted in brisk sales domestically. This 1994 example, finished in an understated Lucerne Silver (199) and is offered with only 138K verified miles on the chassis. The paint and body are in good shape, other than one or two minor dings and chips associated with normal use. Upgraded with some expensive performance modifications, and up to date on maintenance, this GT-Four would make a killer daily driver of a fun weekend toy.
Quarter century-old vehicles are going to have some normal wear, but the cockpit is usually a good indicator of how a car was cared for. Compared to the dozen or so ST205's we have retailed, this one is above average as it relates to condition. That's not to say that everything is perfect, as there is a small tear in the driver's side carpet by the aluminum pedals, and light door card wear. The rest of the interior, however, is in good nick. Starting with the dash, which is devoid of sun-related damage or distortion. Charcoal in color, it is adorned with a Blitz gauge suite that monitors oil and coolant temperatures and keeps an eye on the boost levels. The OEM cluster has received a nice update in the form of a rare, white-faced Cyber Stork unit. Improving nighttime illumination, they also complement the smaller-diameter Momo steering wheel. HID's increase visibility outside the Celica, and mirrors that actually power fold and adjust ensure safe lane changes. The rear window is normally obscured by a large wing, but the trunk was shaved at some point to do away with it, and the rear also features the Kouki tail lights. Other power amenities include one-touch drivers window and powered locks, and an adjustable steering column. The headliner is clean and held taut with to the roof. The rear seats and passenger bucket are the original units, trimmed in a blue and gray cloth combo. They are devoid of major rips, stains, tears and are surprisingly comfortable and soft to the touch. A Recaro driver's bucket in black keeps the driver from sloshing around in the twisties and isn't too constrictive. The digital climate system functions as it should, and an updated Eclipse head unit keeps the tunes pumping.
An enthusiast would likely never turn on the audio, and just listen to the sweet sounds of Toyota's third-generation 3S-GTE. With a twist of the key, a new 12V battery jolts the two-liter four-cylinder mill to life, and it sets into a constant idle. Making a factory rated 255 sumptuous horsepower, midrange and low-end torque is what's instantly noticeable behind the wheel. The powerband is linear and constant, in stark contrast to most turbocharged cars of the era. With light bolt-ons, such as an HKS intake and HKS Silent Power polished exhaust. Getting up to highways speeds is quickly accomplished and despite the vehicles sporty nature, it doesn't burn through gas at the pace you might expect. A five-speed manual transmission sends drive power to all four corners and has received a fluid flush. Of note, there is a hitch in fourth gear that is noticeable, but not too severe. Handling is this chassis' strong point and is impressive in factory form. The superstrut suspension system utilizes Tein dampers now which are both height and ride quality adjustable. Beyond reducing the fender gap, they allow the ST205 to corner flatter and feel more connected. The large front calipers give the driver some much-needed clamping power and can safely reel in the Celica from higher speeds. New all-season tires have been mounted on the iconic three-spoke alloys, and along with an oil and filter service, rounding out the list of maintenance items taken care of by our trained staff.
A legal rally rocket, the ST205 is one of the best platforms to have been built during the '90s. Touted not only for its incredible performance but also for its reputation for durability and Toyota build quality, this Celica represents the pinnacle of Toyotas sporty offerings, along with its big-sibling the Supra. It's aggressive styling, comfortable interior, and punchy drivetrain make this an instant Japanese Classic you won't want to miss.
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