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The Toyota Celica ST185 GT-Four Carlos Sainz Limited Edition, as only 5000 of these homologation units was produced in the early 90s and 25 made their way in Singapore. The Celica ST185 GT-Four is equipped with a Transverse Turbo Charged 4 Cylinder engine, water-to-air intercooler & 4WD layout, the factory unit produces 205HP / 275NM of torque.
Jason, a Sales Operation Executive is the owner of this pristine condition Celica ST185. His passion for cars started 10 years ago with a 2006 Honda City and through the years he owned many fun & interesting cars but none of them fulfill his satisfaction till he got his hands on this Celica ST185 about 7 years ago.
During his ownership he tried to improve the performance of the vehicle, however, it didn’t work out well due to the poor health of the car.
For this reason, Jason took his friend’s advice and drove up north to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4 years ago for a complete rebuild and restoration project of this car.
Jason’s Celica was stripped to bare chassis along with the wiring, engine and transmission, they recoated and painted what was necessary. The restoration was done to a certain standard where most components including bolt & nut were removed, cleaned and polished.
Approximately a year ago, the Celica project was finally completed and Jason was able to bring the car home. The result was astonishing, both the exterior and interior was fully furnished, no traces of rust nor unpainted portion. The new & shiny Nissan Skyline GTR Nismo Z-Tune Silver coated the whole car giving it the classy and yet sporty look.
A Cockpit View.
The interior was restored with a functional cluster display and climate control including a retractable cup holder for his daily dose of hot coffee. Jason tried to up-keep the factory looking cockpit as much as he could, even holding on to the original Celica GT-Four seats and maintaining a gauge free dashboard. But, with a Sparco deep-dish steering wheel? It does look good with and surly delivers better driving pleasure!
The engine bay is otherwise, what you’re looking at is a set up which took a lot of time, precision and skills, There are a fair bit of parts that had been beautifully customized to improve both performance and engine bay presentation.
This set up is electronically managed by a Link G4 Storm Standalone ECU, with the capability to successfully convert the Celica ignition system from a factory distributor system to a Coil-on-Plug system and it had enabled addition reading via a customized crank trigger sensor which the factory Celica ST185 does not have.
To handle all those power… This Celica ST185 is equipped with a Tein suspension together with SuperPro undercarriage bushings to improve the handling of the vehicle, the suspension is also tuned in a way that it provides the best performance while not affecting too much on the ride height allowing smooth daily driving.
Jason is a car enthusiast, a Mitsubishi fan in particular as he would have got the Mitsubishi GTO if it’s not for the Celica ST185 Pop-up headlights. His most memorable car was his Mitsubishi Lancer – 1.8 GDI Turbo which he purchases a few years back as a replacement car while his Celica was in the restoring process, he got most of his technical knowledge during his Lancer ownership days.
With this newly restored Celica ST185, Jason still aims to maintain its reliability as he didn’t want to make a similar past mistake by being under the influence of an endless modification journey.
This beautifully restored Toyota Celica ST185 GT-Four Carlos Sainz Limited Edition is indeed one of Jason’s greatest achievement, he will now continue to maintain it until someone who can appreciate and decides to take over this car.
Yes! This beauty here is for sale.
Jason’s Acknowledgement: Thanks to my family, Gerald and family, Raj, the lancer CS5 group, and those workshops that have serviced/repaired my GT4
Toyota Celica GT-Four / 1992
1998cc / 3S-GTE (Turbocharged) – 300HP
– Stainless Steel Air Intake
– HKS Silent Hi-power
– Mishimoto 2 row aluminium radiator
– SARD fuel rail + HKS 1200cc Injectors
– OEM turbo with steel turbine fin and billet compressor wheel
– HKS LA clutch
– Link Storm ECU
– Tein Suspension
– Rota Boost 17”
– Sumitomo Tyres
– Celica ST205 4 piston brakes
– Superpro bushings
– Paint source/ color code: Z-Tune Silver / KY0
– Stock GT-Four seat (upholstered to leather)
– Sparco Deep Dish Steering wheel
– Ground Zero sound system (front & back), Ground Zero Amp, Active Subwoofer