1994 Toyota ST205 GT-Four
Stock Number: 4649
The Toyota Celica GT-Four is one of the most tenacious and grippy platforms if we've ever seen one. Borrowing several technologies from WRC, this 1994 coupe boasts AWD and Toyota's punchy 3S-GTE four-banger. Finished in Renaissance Red (3L2) and set off by a carbon fiber bonnet, the body is in good shape other than some minor dings, dents, and scuffs associated with normal use. Touting a mere 86K verified miles, this lightly modified and legally imported Japanese Classic is dying to start carving up our American tarmac.
The cockpit is typically Toyota, with decent quality materials and top-notch ergonomics. The driver sits low in the cockpit, and ingress and egress are easier than a four-door saloon car such as the EVO or WRX. The steering column tilts to accommodate drivers of all sizes, and the switchgear is all at hand. Unlike many ST205's, this example is equipped with a power-retractable sunroof that works as it should. Other electronic convinces include power windows, door locks, and mirrors. The seats are trimmed in a soft, bluish, and charcoal upholstery. Still soft to the touch, they are in good nick, lacking any major rips, stains, or tears. The rear seatbacks do have some light fading but that feels like nitpicking this 26-year-old cabin. A GREX shift knob updates the interior touch and is flanked on the other side of the wheel by an HKS boost gauge. The factory head unit works and the automatic climate blows cold A/C. The headliner, door cards, and carpets are all in good shape, and even the OEM owners manual is included for posterity.
The heart of this fire breathing rally rocket is Toyotas 2.0L turbo 3S-GTE. Fresh off an oil and filter service, she turns over quickly with a twist of the key, thanks to a newly installed 12V battery. Breathing is significantly improved on the ST205, as a short-ram intake, and HKS HiPower exhaust combine to make all the right sounds and eke out a few more ponies. The factory water to air intercooler was trick at the time, but limited power at a certain point, so it has been replaced by a conventional, front-mounted air-to-air intercooler. Acceleration is brisk, and power is sent to all four wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. After all, it did come with 255hp when it was stock, so you'd likely expect this little two-door to move. It shifts as it should and is geared for US interstate speeds, which are slightly higher than in Japan. The ride quality is better than our average GT-Four, and the factory suspension is tight and communicative. The brakes are confident and the steering is power-assisted and direct. A set of gunmetal 16" Rays Serie Versus Turismo add to the rally aesthetic and they are all wrapped in new all-season Falken rubber. The new tires quiet the ride quality down noticeably and are good on the tarmac, sand, and snow.
*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.