1989 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185 Rally £19995

Motodrome are pleased to offer this amazing, highly modified and very quick 1989 example of the world rally championship winning  Toyota Celica GT-Four, this one the very rare R, or Rally model

1989 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185 rally evocation for sale at motodrome


The GT-Four Rally was introduced as a competition-based version of the normal GT-Four, which meant is was lighter and quicker. To achieve this, electric items such as electric windows and mirrors were changed with manual parts. ABS was not available and the narrow body model had no sunroof, fog lights or rear windscreen wiper. These changes made the GT-Four Rally 40 kg lighter than the normal Four. This one is a very early narrow-bodied car.

Prepared as an evocation of said championship-winning cars and fitted with lots of TTE (Toyota Team Europe) genuine or replica parts, this one really turns heads, and goes like the wind.

Exterior spec includes

  • 7×17 ET47 OZ Roulette alloys (fitted with a near-new set of Toyo Proxe tyres)
  • 4mm rally style mud flaps
  • Fibreglass replica Carlos Sainz bonnet
  • Fibreglass replica TTE lamp pod with 4 functioning auxiliary lamps
  • TTE replica door mirrors

Interior spec includes

  • Recaro SR3 front seats on bespoke runners
  • Momo Competition steering wheel
  • TRD gear knob
  • Extra gauges in centre console for boost pressure, water temp and oil pressure
  • Being Veloce spec, there’s no electric windows, central locking, stereo etc

Mechanical spec includes

  • Engine rebuilt December 2022 so barely run in, mapped for a reliable 300hp rather than outright power. Please scroll down for full  engine spec details
  • Hybrid turbo
  • E152F close ratio gearbox


Odometer reading 176000kms, and it’s a really early production ST185 GT4 that came to the UK from Japan in 1998. The last owner, who’s had it since 2018, is the MD of a well-known competition preparation specialist, so as you might expect it’s wanted for nothing in his ownership, although the massive history file we hold would indicate that’s been the case since it came here.

Last serviced at 174113km at the end of April 2023, and comes with MOT to May 2024, with no advisories.

If you know your JDM cars you’ll recognise how special this one is

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find our usual comprehensive video package, which forms part of the description

Viewing by prior appointment.

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NB certain websites would have you believe that the model code for the Rally has an R-suffix. We have it on very good authority that this is not the case, and that they don’t have a suffix at all. Apparently the clincher for a genuine Rally, apart from the lack of electrical toys, is having the gearbox type E152F on the VIN plate, as this one does.


  • Engine rebuilt winter 2022 with OE piston set with RIK rings, complete engine gasket set and head bolt set, water pump, gates cam belt kit, cam belt idler, auxiliary belt, ACL main and big end bearing set, new plugs and fluids
  • Link G4X engine management system and CAN Lambda
  • Hybrid turbo from Turbo Performance with Mamba adjustable wastegate
  • AEM fuel pressure regulator,Bosch inline fuel filter, Walbro uprated in-tank fuel pump
  • Delphi 800cc injectors
  • Engine oil cooler with remote oil filter
  • Front mounted intercooler
  • Transmission oil cooler
  • Alloy radiator with twin cooling fans
  • Tubular exhaust manifold
  • Reground/balanced crank
  • Ported/polished head to race/rally spec
  • Rev 1 camshafts


  • Replica TTE airbox for increased airflow
  • Exhaust is a 3” decat downpipe mated to Prospeed centre section with Lewis rally Sport GpA rear silencer

Transmission and steering

  • Electro-hydraulic power steering fitted in place of the standard system
  • 4-paddle cerametallic clutch with uprated pressure plate


  • ST205 spec 4 pot solid calipers to front
  • ST205 spec 2 pot solid calipers to rear
  • Lexus IS300 front discs


  • Group N spec setup, height adjustable when using strut inserts
  • Group N spec anti roll bar

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