For Sale: 1988 Celica Alltrac Turbo GT4

The Celica GT4 is pretty special. Sure its built on an average chassis from over 20 years ago, but the GT4 is radically different from the base model sold in dealerships. Mostly because it was designed to compete in the World Rally Championship at the time when the manufacturers had to build road going versions of their race cars. That means Toyota made the Celica all wheel drive and stuck a turbo on it.

Celica GT4
Toyota produced three generations of the GT4:

  • ST165, based on the fourth generation Celica, and manufactured between October 1986 and August 1989
  • ST185 produced from September 1989 to September 1993
  • ST205 was built from February 1994 to June 1999

The GT4 production cars were built at Toyota’s Tahara plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan while the rally cars were prepared by Toyota Team Europe in Cologne, Germany. The race version made its World Rally Championship (WRC) debut in the 1988 Tour de Corse, but the first WRC victory came in 1989 Rally Australia. The ST185’s WRC debut was in 1992 Rally Monte Carlo, and the first WRC win was in the 1992 Safari Rally, and won four events in that year making the ST185 is Toyota’s most successful rally car. It won the WRC Driver’s Championship in 1992, and the WRC Manufacturer’s and Driver’s Championships in 1993 and 1994. The ST205 came in late 1994, and became official rally car in 1995 with one WRC victory but it did win the 1996 European Rally Championship.
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Here’s your chance to own a bit of history for only $5,500. This car is for sale on Chicago Craig’s list with a bit of modifications. Maybe the owner was gutting it to go rallying based the LSPR sticker on the fender, but its hard to say. Here are the details of the car:

Clean Illinois Title in Hand
5Speed Manual(no noises)
Fast and strong 16 Psi of boost with All time 4×4
Lightweight
White Color (nice paint) Very litle rust(fixed most of it)
Electric sunroof and windows(works-need window switch for pass door,motor works)
New black Recaro Seats from EvoX with Schroth Harness x2 (6pt)
Momo Steering wheel

celica gt4New brakes all around
New front dumpers
Safety pins on hood and trunk lid
EVOX BOV 
Fuel Cut Mode(adjustable)
Walbro Fuel pump
Exhaust 2,5 front to back(empty) no cat
New Radiator(I’ll throw in new Racing electric fans)
Battery Kill switch on dash
Fuel Pump Switch on dash
Intercooler pump switch on dash
Turbo Pressure Gauge
Volt Meter Gauge

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3 sets of rims + i’ll throw winter tires(never used) and competitor gravel tires as well
New Steering pump
New battery(relocated to back)
Cobra mounted CB Radio
Still got some VP Racing fuel I’m using(like 10 maybe 15 gallons with drum)
Always in garage
Needs bushings and alignment
Pretty firm on price and not forced to sell

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Im not sure what a fair price is for one of these but $5,500 but seems like a reasonable amount of cash if the car is in decent shape. You can find the Craig’s list ad here, or reach the seller by text here: 773 969 135ONE “TXT ONLY!!!!!!!!”

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.