Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four

Colin Deller ‘It makes a lot of noise and it turns a lot of heads’

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  • Year: 1995

  • Mileage: 87,500

  • Acquired: 2015

  • 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.

Any mods?

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.

Any mishaps?

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.