Because of homologation rules in WRC there are many different road going rally cars in the wild. With Group B inspired road cars (Lancia 037, Peugeot 205 T16, Ford RS200 etc.) going for six figured prices at car auctions, they are out of reach for the general public to purchase. That is why the 90's homologation rules road cars are now going up in value. Tommi Mäkinen Edition Evo VI is climbing aggressively in value and even the non-homologation Subaru B22 STi is brutally rare and going for massive amounts of money. That is why the Celica GT-Four, either the ST185 or ST205, will be a good buy. 5000 units of the ST185 GT-Four, also called the Carlos Sainz, was built. For the ST205 the production run stopped at 2500 cars. Low mileage and unspoiled (aka not tuned) GT-Fours are still on the cheaper side. So go out and buy yourself a special edition rally car for the road.
The ST205 GT-Four
The ST185 GT-Four has 200 horsepower from a 2.0 litre turbo and was made from 1989-1993. The JDM Celica had 225 hp. The 3S-GTE block that also was in the first GT-Four (the ST165) also found its way to the ST205. There it was tweeked and modified to produce 242 hp and 255 for the lucky Japanese market.
The ST165 GT-Four built from 1986-1989 was the one that started all the WRC homologation Celicas. But the rarest of that Celica is an IMSA GTO Champion special edition model with only 77 made. All of them were sold in California USA.
The GT-Four ST165, ST185, ST205. Those are the magic numbers. But which is the most magical of them all? My personal favourite has always been the ST185. Which one do you prefer, angular lines or soft curves with pop-up head lights or the four-eyed beast?