1994 Toyota Celica ST205 GT4
Stock Number: 4455
When you think of rally cars the typical slate of Subarus and Mitsubishis come to mind, but Toyota was out here reinventing the game. FIA regulations may have eventually deemed their advancements a bit too much for competition, but that's neither here nor there. This all-new designed not only updated the chassis but also the engine, suspension, and interior on the roadgoing models. In turn making, this modern road-legal rally car exciting to drive in every aspect. While this was not one of the 2,500 WRC homologation units it still has the same great drive. While most of the ones we've sold have had some general modifications, this one has been kept all stock. For a car of this performance level, it's rare to find one that hasn't seen some sort of change-up from factory trim. Its classic Toyota Black (202) paint has a deep luster that gives the car a bit of an understated look despite all of the functional aero. The hood alone is one of the best parts as you just don't see stuff like this on production cars anymore. The paint shows exceptionally well, free of any notable blemishes with the body having been kept up just as well. Like any car though, there are a few little door dings and minor imperfections but nothing of real concern. All of the panels line up well and the rounded bodywork is very straight.
The interior is just the same with only two minor changes. The all-black Nardi three-spoke is a classic upgrade and compliments the TRD shift knob well. Otherwise, everything has been left alone, even down to the original radio. The driver's side bolster is another key wear spot since they're far larger than most stock seats. With this one, it appears that the outer seam let go at some point and was re-stitched. A proper upholstery shop could probably get it back to looking new, but in the current form, it seems to be holding up just fine. The passenger seat looks great, and those cramped rear seats look to have been hardly used over the years. They do however fold down which is a feature that we don't see in many coupes. All of them are free of any stains or discoloration which is really a bigger deal to recover from. The dash is in great shape which, like many Toyota's, can fall victim to sun damage over time. The driver side door panel does have some delamination of the fabric but is free of any tears or staining which you can note in the photos. On the other hand, the passenger side is in great shape. All of the standard powered features are operating as expected; windows, mirrors, locks, and climate control. The automatic climate system is well laid out making it easy to use.
The best part of the ST-205 is its redesigned chassis and drivetrain. This 3S-GTE is a wonderful powerplant that begs to be driven. Factory turbo, water to air intercooler, and a more than capable AWD system make these a real monster on or off the street. With a similar architecture to the SW20's 3S-GTE parts are pretty readily available stateside which is also a plus. With only 65K verified miles the two-liter fires right up into a mellow idle. These create great mid-range torque and will happily sing to redline. The engine has a raspy growl even from the stock exhaust which doesn't happen often. The AWD system offers tenacious grip and is easily transmitted through its 3 pedal setup. The stock suspension is more than capable for daily duty while still keeping things planted when you toss it around a turn. We have taken care of the routine maintenance items with a new set of plugs, a fresh set of sticky rubber, and your standard oil change. From it's notoriously high Toyota build quality, to a well-backed racing pedigree, this car really is a legend. Now is your chance to own a proper Celica, the way Toyota actually intended them to be sold.
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