1994 Toyota WRC Edition Celica
Stock Number: 4089
Following the success of the ST185 in the World Rally Championship Toyota was eager to get back at it with the new and improved ST205. This all-new designed not only updated the chassis but also the engine, suspension, and interior. This modern road-legal rally car was exciting in every aspect. The ST205 Celica was the most powerful GT-Four to date and combined with its world-class AWD system allowed it to be highly competitive in the World Rally Championship. In fact, it was so far ahead of its time it was eventually suspended for a season for its use of an incredibly sophisticated turbo restrictor system. In order to compete Toyota had to build 2,500 road-going versions for homologation purposes. While not only rare, to begin with, this '94 has also been fitted with some nice aftermarket bits to take it one step further. While the bodywork is already pretty wild from the factory with its vented aluminum hood to its massive wing risers a full C-One aero kit was fitted. The C-One kit adds a far more aggressive front bumper, side skirts, and rear lip. Totota's Super White II (040) looks fantastic on the car and is in great shape. It seems safe to say the car was resprayed when the kit was added as it all blends very well. The bodywork is in the same shape, save for a door ding or two, which is minimal for its 82K verified miles. 17" black powder-coated Wedsport RS5 wheels replace the stock ones and play off the black and white theme of the car particularly well.
Much like the body, the interior has had a few upgrades to make the overall drive more enjoyable. Most notably the matching reclinable Recaro sport buckets offer a good deal more support while still being comfortable enough for daily use. While most people aren't buying these to be their commuter car, it's nice for those long weekend cruises. Surprisingly the pattern of them matches up reasonably well to the stock back seats, but it's not like people are going to be looking back there much in the first place. A Momo Race wheel and matching TRD shift knob are a welcomed upgrade over the factory ones which are a bit clunky. While it does have an aftermarket Carrozzeria head unit most people will look to replace that with something more US compatible. There is an APEX'i RevSpeed Meter atop the dash as well, however, it's not currently powered. While the interior is in great overall shape there are a few spots to note. The bottom of the driver's seat, for instance, has a bit of puckering to the fabric. Luckily all of the seats are tear and stain free but it is worth mentioning. The same goes for the cloth on the driver's door panel as it's delaminating some; also the center armrest is detached at the back so it can be fully lifted off. Nothing of real concern as all of the more critical power accessories are working as they should. These came with all the standards of the day; power windows, mirrors, and door locks. The automatic climate control is a nice touch and is working as it should.
Mechanically is where the GT-Four really shines! As if the striking good looks weren't enough the drive train backs up the bark. The ST205 is equipped with the 3S-GTE which has proven itself over the years both on the street and in WRC as being not only reliable but capable of making large horsepower numbers. The 3S-GTE in this generation was the most powerful offering yet and included a twin entry turbo along with an innovative water to air intercooler. With a quick turn of the key the GTE jumps to life, part in thanks to a new cap and rotor button. The turbo four creates great mid-range torque and sings happily to redline. An APEX'i intake and custom APEX'i high flow exhaust only amplify things. While they sound fine in stock form, opening it up really makes the drive a more visceral experience. The Super Strut Suspension was unique to the GT-Four as it was designed with both tarmac and dirt making it incredibly capable. The ride is a bit stiffer than many stock cars, but it's not something that beats you up every time you hit a bump in the road. The platform itself stays astoundingly planted and can really power through corners and has only been amplified thanks to fresh rubber all around. When it got here we realized that it needed a new clutch to really get the best out of the 5 speed. We've gone ahead and taken care of that big-ticket item for its new owner. The clutch engagement is smooth again and the transmission is easy to row through, just the way Toyota had intended. 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 true piece of rally history!
*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.