1995 Celica GT-Four
Available for: $23,995
The GT-Four Celica is both famous and infamous. Designed for Toyota's foray into WRC, this AWD turbo coupe is now available stateside. Produced for racing homologation, this road-legal version was built to emulate the racing car's appearance. This 1995 is finished in Super White (040), the body is in good shape overall aside from some very minor blemishes. Sporting the iconic Castrol livery, this 144k verified and documented miles chassis drives better than it looks and that's saying something. Reflexive handling, punchy power, legendary styling, and a racing pedigree make this one of the most collectible Japanese Classics out there on the market today!
The cabin is in good shape overall and feels uncluttered and driver-focused. The dash is in good shape and the view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed. All the gauges face the driver and are simple to read. A MoMo wheel updates the aesthetic and adds to the tactile feel of the driving experience. A digital speedometer is mounted atop the adjustable steering column and supplies a digital display to compliment the traditional mechanical speedo. The automatic climate control system is intuitive, and the A/C currently blows cold just as the heat blows hot! You needn't fret if you want a ride for year-round use, it's frankly an advantage to owning one of these. Adjacent to those controls are a Carrozzeria head unit and upgraded Alpine speakers. The audio quality isn't half bad but we enjoy the turbo flutter much more, admittedly! The cloth seats are supportive and are in above-average condition. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears, too. We also wanted to note this is the first ST205 we have sold that includes a passenger SRS airbag for some added reassurance when ferrying about friends. The headliner, door cards, and carpet have withstood the last 25 trips around the sun without any major abuse inflicted. There are some decent power amenities if you plan to daily drive. Electric windows, door locks, and mirrors work like a charm and should make your daily commute more manageable. We did want to note the power fold function doesn't work, but at 25 years old we know that's a bit of nitpicking. Aside from that, it's obvious this car was cared for in a prior life.
When you think about Toyota's of this era, especially the sporty ones, you don't only think about the great power delivery and wide aftermarket. You have to reflect, too, on their hallmark reliability. Engines like the 2JZ-GTE and the 3S-GTE that power this GT-Four have a reputation for not being finicky and temperamental. With the twist of the key a new 12v battery allows this ST205 to turn over promptly. It idles confidently and is fresh off an oil and filter service. It doesn't hurt that it sounds terrific, too, and an HKS intake with a new filter is paired to a Prof Sports stainless exhaust and combine to form an aural masterpiece. Unlike the WRC version, we haven't installed any "hidden" modifications, but the little upgrades make a difference! To save the next owner the expense of the most pricey preventative maintenance item out there we installed a new timing belt and water pump. Just like the two wheel bearings we replaced, our goal is always to deliver a turn-key sports car and this one is a dandy. Power is sent through a five-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels. The close-ratio unit delivers rewarding feedback and frankly, it's addictive to row through the gearbox. Acceleration can be described as quick and while not overwhelming, the relative lightweight of the platform compared to modern cars makes it feel like a lot more the 255hp. The brakes are confident and the power steering is on point and supplies plenty of feedback. New 17" Motegi alloy wheels are wrapped in new all-season tires at all four corners. They quiet down the cabin noise and will provide tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip for plenty of time to come.
*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.