1994 Toyota Celica ST205
As the raw, Group B WRC cars of the 80's started to become too regulated, manufactures started to shift their focus towards the Group A homologated series. Thus we were given a plethora of true AWD driver-centric cars. Toyota's final entry came by way of the ST205. While there were other Celica's after, none could compare to this. The Japanese road going model was equipped with monster 3S-GTE rated at 252hp. While we've sold a couple already, this is our first that was kept all stock. For a car of this caliber it's rare to find one that hasn't seen some sort of shake up from factory trim. It's black paint (202) 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 my favorite aspects, you just don't see stuff like this on production cars anymore. The paint shows exceptionally well, free of any notable blemishes. The body has been kept up just as well. Like anything there are a few little door dings and minor imperfections but nothing noteworthy. All of the panels line up well and the body is very straight. While this one was not equipped with the WRC wing risers, those could always be sourced if you wanted a little more dramatic back end. The gunmetal factory tri spoke wheels look great and are wrapped in a fresh set of rubber.
The interior tells the same story. The only deviation from the factory is a touch screen double din. While it is limited in function here in the US it makes replacing it out much easier, plus it currently has a CD mixtape of 80's music for you to rock out to in the meantime. The factory steering wheel and shift knob have held up surprisingly well as they're typically two of the most prone spots to wear. The driver's side bolster is another key wear spot. With this car it appears that the outer seam let go at some point and was re-stitched. Because of that there is a little bit of irregularity in the seam but it's considerably better than having a tear that progressively gets worse. Both front seats are stain free and in great shape. The same can be said about the seats out back as I can't imagine they've seen much use. They do however fold down which is a feature that we don't see in many 2+2's. The center console does have some indentation from elbow placement over the years, but nothing is torn or discolored. All of the standard powered features are operating as expected; windows, mirrors, locks, and climate control. The automatic climate system is pretty easy to use and blowing cold for the warmer months ahead.
If it's wild looks and comfortable interior doesn't do it for you, then the potent two liter will. Factory turbo, water to air intercooler, and a more than capable AWD system make these a real monster on or off the street. While the aftermarket is strong for the 3S-GTE this one has been kept all stock which is refreshing. With 95K verified miles the engine bay has been kept up phenomenally well. Normally you would begin to see surface oxidation over the turbo heat shield and things of that nature, but we don't have any of that going on here. To ensure that everything continues running in tip top shape we've gone over the car and taken care of several big ticket maintenance items. A brand new Excedy clutch has been installed so no need to worry about that for quite some time. A new set of wheel bearing up front, so while in there we put on a new set of pads and rotors as well. After spending a little time in the shop we've got the 205 ready for it's new US chapter. The clutch engagement is smooth again and the transmission is easy to row through. The two liter fires right up and has a nice subtle tone at idle. Things do pick up a bit as the turbo spools, but in general the stock exhaust keeps things pretty tame. The stock suspension is more than capable for daily duty while still keeping things planted when you toss it around a turn. 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 one of the first ones in the country, I can promise there won't be two of these at your next Cars and Coffee.
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