Celica GT-4's are nowadays very rarely seen, even on Japanese roads and are increasingly more difficult to source in well preserved condition such as this. Not least, the final production models such as this - with larger rear spoiler, projector headlights and updated interior have always been the rarest and most sought after of all. The condition of this particular example is the best GT-4 we can remember having in stock over the last couple of years, so we had to pay a high price for this rare car when it came up, knowing it could be a very long time till another one as good as this comes again.
With a WRC racing heritage to support it's popularity and with Toyota not having invested in any further serious performance Celica 4WD coupe models of this nature since, it's no surprise to find that the last generation GT-4 has a faithful following amongst those who can appreciate it's attributes. As with other rally fugitives, it's now of collectable status & rising in value (Just look at what Tommi Makkinen prices have done in recent years, or even Lancia Delta Integrale models).
Not least, good rust free genuine quality Celica ST205 GT-4's in similar top condition are very difficult to find, even in Japan. Over the last couple of years especially, we have seen domestic prices in Japan strengthen for decent low mileage Celica GT-4 ST205 & 185H examples that have been well kept.
This example has been beautifully looked after since new & remained faithfully standard mechanically, with the only non original modifications are OZ Racing 17" wheels (with new sports tyres fitted).
Even the hifi is the original Toyota optional item. Perfect for a collector (In the event the new owner would prefer original wheels, we can source & supply the correct type in Japan).
Factory Fitted Equipment Includes: This GT-4 carries factory uprated specification which enhances the car well. Equipment includes: Genuine high level rear spoiler, original option factory side skirts, 1999 spec epsiloid headlights (Much better performance than original early type design) & updated rear lights, 4 piston signature brake callipers at the front with larger discs, central locking, electric mirrors with retract mode, Toyota fitted mat set, climate control air conditioning, PAS, electric windows, factory tint on windows (Incl. titanium tint film on the rear quarter glass), updated interior trim, Dual SRS air bags, leather trimmed red stitched steering wheel & matching shift knob, original option ABS, front & rear strut bars. There's also an original option 6CD in-dash changer fitted.
Wheels are OZ Racing WRC replica 17 inch rims of size 17 x 8J + 35 which are perfect size & offset for this car. They're fitted with brand new 225/45-ZR17 tyres. These are desirable wheels for GT-4's not least because they replicate the magnesium wheels originally used for rallying this model, however - we can source & supply originals at low additional cost if desired. In the event the new owner wishes to improve performance, we can supply additional extras such as exhaust system, induction kit, etc. at competitive prices & available to ship with the car - if ordered in good time. Other Japanese performance & cosmetic modifications are also available at discount from www.neweraparts.com - or ask us for suggestion!
Exterior Condition: This GT-4 is in stunning unmarked condition with no previous accident damage, or signs of neglect. There are only two minor faults to report: On the front n/s wing there's a small area that's been touched in by the previous owner. The door handle on the driver's side also has a couple of small paint chips. On the front bumper there's a small section which has lost a little of it's original paint (Common on ST205's for some reason - we've seen this on other GT-4's we've supplied in years past). The section under the indicator will be repainted & otherr minor faults will be professionally touched in before shipment. Other than these the car's perfect. No stone chips, no parking dents, scratches or any faults.
Interior is in amazing condition throughout, having never been smoked in. The only wear we could find is some minor wear to the driver's floor mat. The previous owner saw fit to repaint the trim surrounding the instruments. We've sourced a used but as new original replacement which will be fitted prior to shipping. Some may not like the rainbow coloured (originally fitted by Toyota) rear quarter tint film. Where desired, we can remove this completely prior to completion, so all glass is of the same finish.
Test Drive: No faults were found at all with the way this GT-4 drives. Performance is strong at approx 250 bhp (Standard). Clutch is smooth and progressive. The brakes work well with no signs of warped discs, etc. Note the timing belt was changed at 90,887km (56,486 miles) and will be fine for another 53,000 miles before needing to be changed again. GT-4's are known to suffer from linkage wear to the front suspension couplings and although the ones on this car don't show enough play to fail an MOT, as part of our full completion work, we'll be fitting a new set, so they won't need changing for years to come.
This is the only top condition Facelift model ST205 GT-4 available for sale (at time of writing). In contrast to the usual poor quality examples we come across, this one stands head & shoulders above in quality & condition and is expected to continue to rise in value, to come in line with other rally fugitive / homologation models, some of which have gone stratospheric in values (Tommi Makkinens, 22B's etc especially).
Price: £12,985. Inclusive of comprehensive UK warranty, 12 month’s MOT and a full service (incl. front suspension links) prior to supply.
Currently located in our storage facility in Japan this Celica GT Four facelift example is safely stored under roof & cover & is ready to ship to England, or to any other country (Ask about our FOB package if you're not in UK).
Contact us to discuss reserving this unique Celica GT-4, or to have us source an alternative car to custom order. A deposit of £1,000 secures for prompt shipment.
This level of spec. and condition is not likely to be found again and we feel this will likely be the last example of this nature we offer so don't miss it if you're serious about having the best quality GT-4 Facelift model available.
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