Car for Sale: 1994 Toyota Celica GT-4 WRC in Nearly Pristine Condition
Toyota, the company known Stateside for building everybody’s favorite fleet car, the Camry, looked to brush off its reputation as a boring automaker and, at the same time, prove to the world that it could not only make cars by the bucketload but also innovate and compete with the best in the arena of motorsports. Since the ‘80s, Toyota had been involved in the World Rally Championship and the advent of the Group A regulations that replaced the perilous Group B after 1986 was seen by Toyota executives as a great way to really get in the game with the Supra GT-Four. The ultimate version, known as the ST205, briefly competed before being banned and this is the road-legal version of that very car – albeit not in the bombastic Castrol livery.
What would you say about a 1994 Celica that cranked out over 250 ponies from the factory and came equipped with the WRC-specific water injection, sport manifold, and turbocharger anti-lag components installed? Granted, the anti-lag isn’t working and, as such, nothing keeps the turbo from spinning off-throttle but the components are there as are most of the aerodynamic upgrades applied to the Group A car driven at the time by the likes of Didier Auriol and Carlos Sainz: an elevated rear wing and the different hood. On top of that, Toyota only ever made 2,500 of these WRC Edition ST205s so it’s mighty rare, which is why Japanese Classics is asking $18,000 for the example it’s selling, one that’s been driven quite a bit. It shows 129,000 miles on the odometer, but otherwise presents itself in a very tidy shape given its age and mileage. The early Celica GT-Four models are now just old enough to satisfy the pesky 25-year rule for cars that weren’t originally sold in the US so you will see more pop up for sale here but WRC Edition examples will surely be few and far between.
Someone Paid $2.1 Million To Score the First-Production Toyota Supra
The first-production Toyota Supra sold for a whopping $2.1 million at Barrett-Jackson’s charity auction in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend. It’s a staggering sum, even for a first-production unit of a sports car that has been hyped up for more than five years. The hype is real, folks, even if the reception of the Supra isn’t as hot as Toyota probably expected. Still, the polarizing reaction had no effect on the first-production model’s appeal. Bids flew around furiously before ultimately topping out at $2.1 million. The winning bidder gets to take home the first-production model, which bears the VIN “20201,” a nod towards model year (2020) of the Supra and the first model out of the production line (1). In addition to the first-production Supra, the winning bidder also receives a full VIP race track experience, a customized professional racing suit, a pair of VIP and hot passes to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 - Richmond Raceway, and a chance to drive the race’s pace car with none other than Michael Waltrip. All the producers from the auction will go to a number of charities, including the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
If You’re Bidding in Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction This 1990 Toyota Sera Should Get Your Attention
What? You don’t remember seeing a Toyota with gullwing-style doors on the roads back in the ’90s? Well, that’s because this model, the Sera, was sold between 1990 and 1996 in Japan only as a rounder option to the MR2. It packed a 1.5-liter inline-four that was good enough for 110 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque.
Looking at this round example of ’90s automotive design you can’t help but ask yourself what were the people at Toyota thinking when this thing was given the green light for production. I mean, yes, gullwing doors are cool, but what are they doing here? Well, to be pedantic, these are a certain variety of gullwing doors where the doors are hinged to the A-pillar and not the roof itself, but we’re getting into useless technicalities here. Still, there’s no answer to that question: why does a 3-door hatchback coupe require such doors and, also, divided windows like you see on a Bugatti EB110?
The Very First 2020 Toyota Supra Will Be Sold at a Charity Auction
A few weeks after the Toyota Supra makes its long-awaited debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, the first production version of the Japanese sports coupe will go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Toyota isn’t actually bringing the actual production model to the Barrett-Jackson auction, but, rather, a prototype model that’s representative of the actual production Supra. The first production model will be delivered to the winning bidder in the first half of 2019. Line up your checkbooks, folks. The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona will take place on January 19, 2019.
1967 Import Values On the Rise: 1967 Toyota 2000GT Misses $800k Reserve at Mecum Auction
Toyota Motor Corp recently caught wind that a privately owned 1967 Toyota 2000GT would be up for auction at the 2016 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The pristine coupe had a chance at breaking the record for the most expensive Asian car sold at auction – a record set in 2013 with another 2000GT going for a staggering $1.16 million. To catch the action, I was invited down to watch the gavel fall.
That staggering value comes in part to the 2000GT’s low build numbers, its hand-built nature, and its rich heritage. Only 351 units were ever built, of that, only 62 were left-hand drive, built for shipment to the United States. When new, the 2000GT was expensive, selling for roughly $6,000 in 1967, however values had tripled within a decade. Pristine examples were selling for more than $18,000 by the late 1970s, securing the 2000GT’s future as a collectible.
The 2000GT got its start with Toyota decided to compete with high-strung European cars like the Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 901. Elsewhere in Japan, Yamaha was working with Nissan to build a four-cylinder sports car called the A550X. Yamaha had significant investments tied into the car when Nissan decided to cancel its portion of the build, leaving Yamaha in the cold. The company, which is also known for making professional-grade musical instruments, took its sports car idea to Nissan’s main rival, Toyota, which immediately embraced the extra help.
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There have been cars built in Japan for quite a long time, but the Japanese automotive industry as we know it today is a much more recent phenomenon. Prior to WWII, the cars built in Japan were mainly foreign companies setting up local manufacturing operations. Japanese companies really tackled new cars themselves after the war, but for a long time, they were only building cheap economy cars, and most of the designs were copies of older cars from foreign manufactures. Sports cars were tiny things with engines under 1 liter and were produced in very small quantities.
All of this historical context is important because it helps to show just how big of a revolutionary moment it was in 1965 when Toyota first showed the 2000GT at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car actually started out as a partnership between Nissan and Yamaha, but when Nissan decided to pass on the Yamaha design, it was just taken over to Toyota. Even among Japanese manufacturers at the time, Toyota was a pretty conservative company. But the company brass recognized the 2000GT as an opportunity to shake up its image, and maybe even change the way that people outside of Japan looked at Japanese cars in general.
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As reported last month, one of the Toyota Supra stunt cars used in the original The Fast and The Furious movie was auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in Indianapolis over the weekend, and as expected, the winning bidder paid a pretty penny to add this car to his collection. When the hammer dropped, this customized 1995 Toyota Supra stunt car sold for $185,000 meeting the initial expectations of between $150,000 and $200,000.
In the movie, the bright orange Supra was driven by Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner, and this car was used to create the racing scenes including the finale where O’Conner races Dominic Toretto in his classic Dodge Charger.The Supra was built at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, CA by Eddie Paul, who has fabricated other cars for the Fast and Furious franchise, full-size Cars characters, and the 1967 Pontiac GTO driven by Vin Diesel in xXx.
Although the Supra looks the part, this stunt car probably won’t be able to beat a Ferrari F355 in a drag race (as was portrayed in the movie). This car comes with the Supra’s non-turbo 2JZ-GE 3.0-liter inline-six as well as a pair of disconnected nitrous tanks and a “heavy-duty” suspension.
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It’s hard to believe that The Fast and The Furious franchise is now 14 years old, but even after seven installments, some of the most iconic racing in this franchise still comes from Brian O’Conner’s bright orange Toyota Supra. For the ultimate Fast and Furious fan, Mecum Auctions is listing one of the Supra stunt cars used in that movie, and it goes up for auction on May 16th at Mecum’s 28th Original Spring Classic 2015 in Indianapolis.
Although the Supra hero car is from the 1995 model year, this matching stunt car is listed as a 1993 model. The exterior is an exact match for the car driven by Paul Walker’s character in the movie, but the stunt car’s interior is built for safety with a full roll cage, racing bucket seats, etc.
According the auction listing, this stunt car was built for the movie’s use by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California, and it was used in key scenes, including the final race scene where Brian O’Conner drag races Dominic Toretto in his 1970 Dodge Charger. And if this car’s movie pedigree wasn’t enough, it was also a first-place class winner at the Detroit Autorama earlier this year.
There’s no telling how much it is going to cost someone to add this Supra to his collection, but with the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise in theaters right now, the price is sure to run quite high.
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While everyone is waiting for the next generation Toyota MR2, a guy decided to turn his into a Gumpert Apollo. We’ve seen lots of replicas, but this one is one of the strangest ones!
This is a one-of-a-kind (thank God!) concept, featuring a Toyota MR2 frame along with the modern conveniences of airbags, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, exhaust, and suspension.
Of course, you guessed it, under the hood there is nothing compared to the Audi-sourced 4.2-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 650HP from the Apollo! Instead the owner used a four-cylinder turbo engine, dynoded at 255 whp at 15 psi and 303 whp at around 19 psi. The car meets all regulations and is extremely economical in term of gasoline.
The interior combines black suede leather with red piping and Racing Sparco seats with Racing Harnesses - also in a combination of black and red.
The car is for sale on eBay with a current bid of $12,100.
Toyota’s abrupt departure from Formula One has left a lot of people in stunned disbelief, especially when you consider that the supposed 2010 car was already completed well before the 2009 season ended.
Now that Toyota’s out, the question is what becomes of their 2010 car - and their whole design technology for that matter?
Well, they’re not putting it to waste, that’s what. According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the Toyota F1 Team now has plans of selling off the data and designs of the car, preferably to one of the new teams that are set to make their debuts next year.
Out of the four teams – Lotus, Capos, Manor and USF1 - that are scheduled to have their inaugural race in Formula One in 2010, the two most logical teams to buy Toyota’s designs are Manor and USF1.
We don’t know exactly as to how much Toyota is selling their F1 technology, but we’re pretty sure that it’s going to come up for bid pretty soon between any of these new teams.
The obscene budget that Toyota has shelled out for its F1 division has finally caught up with them and combine that with the fact that the company is now re-directing its attention towards its core road car business prompted the Japanese auto giants to pull out of Formula One.