Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four
Colin Deller ‘It makes a lot of noise and it turns a lot of heads’
Dream car: Pagani Zonda
Why this car?
I was originally on the lookout for a 300ZX but stumbled across this 'immaculate' Celica GT-Four. The ad was spot on, so I bought it.
And the best bits?
Rarely seeing another on the road. It’s a 23-year-old car putting out 280bhp on stock boost, it has great brakes, 4WD sure-footedness and a lot of noise. It turns heads, and it's a hoot to drive.
What's the worst bit?
Fear of the superstrut suspension knocking. It costs a grand for a complete replacement set, before labour.
Lots but most are subtle. I've smartened up the engine bay with new pipework and slam panels. The car is slightly lowered on Teins, has a 3in straight-through exhaust, and larger and wider wheels to give it that fast-road look. It also has a few rare factory options such as the rear sun visor and chrome kick panels. My favourite mod is the black vinyl-wrapped roof as it makes the sunroof a bit more stealthy. I built a website of my car and its work – http://celicast205.strikingly.com
What’s it like to run?
Good fun! You are rarely short of options when looking at maintenance. My father is a mechanic so I save a fair bit on labour costs. The only thing missing is a longer gear for motorway runs.
Any advice for potential owners?
Do your research – a cheap project purchase can easily run into thousands of pounds.
One. I bought some replacement speakers for the rear quarters. To get access to the OEM placement I had to remove everything from the boot, then the rear seats and the rear quarter interior plastics! It took me three hours.