Toyota Celica GT4

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Toyota Celica GT4

Year:                 1991     Mileage:           154,000

Acquired:         2015    Dream car:       MG Metro 6R4 

Best car film:   Group B (2015)

Dream trip:      Italian Alps

 

Scott Wheeler - ‘Rally pedigree and pop-up headlights – I’m in love’


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Why the Celica?

I chose the Celica because I already owned a sixth-gen ST Celica and I wanted to upgrade. I loved the heritage of Group A rallying that came with the model and dreamed of a GT4. 

After looking through internet ads I found one for sale that had the Castrol rally colours. I contacted the guy about it and he said he had sold it but had another one that he was considering selling. So I went round to view it and fell in love. 

I saw that it had a lot of work already done, it just needed more money to be spent on it to make it a good runner. 

I bought the car there and then and I’ve been running it for the past four or five months without any problems.  

What’s the best bit?

I love the rarity of it, not having many about means that it gets a lot of attention wherever I take it. The pop-up headlights always bring a smile when they come out to play.

But the best bit of all is the turbo and four-wheel drive – driving down the road, having the turbo flutter go off, brings a smile to the face of any petrolhead.

What’s the worst bit?

Finding parts is tricky because there are so few left. Trying to track some of the body panels down can be difficult or just plain expensive. Engine parts aren’t too bad – it’s the same unit as
found in the MR2.

Any modifications? 

I’ve relocated the aftermarket Mishimoto intercooler from top mount to front mount, and fitted a new radiator, a turbo, a three-inch stainless steel decat full exhaust system plus 30mm lowering springs all round. To top it off I’ve added some 18in OZ Racing Chrono alloy wheels.

What’s it like to run? 

Running the car is a fairly easy task. Around town it’s easy enough as the steering is fairly light, as is the clutch. The large turning circle makes it harder to park in tight spaces, but on open country roads it’s a dream to drive. The 4WD gives it great grip around corners. It can be tricky to get hold of the rarer parts but they are out there if you look hard enough. There aren’t many specialists but there are plenty of enthusiasts on the Celica Owners’ Club (celica-club.co.uk) forum who can help. 

Any advice for buyers?

Check for rust in the sills, and make sure it’s well-serviced as the turbocharger can put a lot stress on it. Make sure it’s got a good 4WD system with no whining, as it’s expensive to fix.

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