Even if you were a mere fetus in the mid-80s, you must know by know of the legendary Group B rally cars — machines like the Audi Quattro, Ford RS200 and Peugeot 205 Turbo — that kicked off the AWD era. But Toyota had a dog in the race too, and despite it being RWD, the mighty TA64 Toyota Celica TCT dominated the Ivory Coast and Safari rallies, winning the latter three years in a row. But the ace of the African deserts was actually introduced in Group 4 a year before Group B rules went into effect. Now there’s one of those for sale in Italy.
The Gr.4 Celica may have lacked the TA64′s 290-horsepower 4T-GTE but it was powered by the holy grail of old school Toyota motors, the 18R-G-based 16-valve 152E, still good for 250 horses on decade-old technology. At €250,000 ($323,000) it ain’t cheap, but your kidney’s buying a piece of Toyota racing history.
Hat tip to Marv666.