Group B rallying of the 1980s wasn't the only era to create supremely cool cars. Group A competition of the 1990s put out some sweet machines, too, including this lovely Toyota Celica ST185. It raced (and won) in-period, and now, through Bonhams in February. You should buy it.
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This all-wheel drive Celica is a genuine Toyota factory car, raced in the World Rally Championship in 1994. It was this very car that won the San Remo Rally at the hands of Didier Auriol. After it was retired, the car campaigned in regional events under a different sponsor in Italy before being sold to the current owner in 1996. Upon acquiring the car, the new owner had it returned to its "Works" specification, and had its original Castrol livery re-applied. It's since been expertly maintained in the seller's collection. Bonhams reports the car remains in good working condition, ready to hit the stages at a moment's notice. Its most recent major service included a new fuel cell installation.
True to the description's promise, the car looks supremely clean, inside and out. That livery design is more appealing that ever, and goes perfectly with that light pod and those white OZ Racing wheels. The inside is just as nice—the only signs of wear we can spot are on the roll cage foam and the driver's side floor pan.
The car is in Paris, France, on February 7th, 2019. It's estimated to sell for between $220,000 and $260,000. That's a whole lot for a Toyota Celica, but this one is certainly worth the price.