Monday, February 23, 2015

10k: GT-Four Liftback: 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac

The fifth generation Toyota Celia was released for the 1990 model year with all new "Super Round" organic styling and further refinement on the rock solid build quality that was beginning to be synonymous with the word Toyota.  It wasn't an exciting car by any yardstick, but the GT-Four version (All-Trac in the US) added some needed power, all-wheel-drive traction, and, most importantly, a prominent hood scoop to the basic version.  Find this 1990 Toyota Celia All-Trac here on eBay currently bidding for $5,000 reserve-not-met ($11,000 buy-it-now) located in Rockford, IL.

As pointed out by K2 Mystery Car & Bolo in the comments of the SHOChero feature, the All-Trac uses a 16-Valve cylinder head designed by Yamaha, in fact the Celica first used a Yamaha head in the 1976 18R-G TwinCam engine. 

This T180 generation GT-Four All-Trac is powered by a transverse mounted turbocharged and intercooled 3S-GTE 2.0 liter inline 4 putting out 200 horsepower and 142 ft-lbs of torque into a 5spd manual transmission.  The low power output and prone to understeer All-Trac system made the Celica is less fun-to-drive alternative to AWD offerings from Mistubishi, Mazda & Subaru, but its handsome design and rock solid reliability trumped its competitors.

This All-Trac contains all the best faded blue hues you'd expect from an early 90s Japanese car, an All-Trac embossed air bag, and an enormous shifter.

See another car that needs a set of stock wheels for cheap?


  1. This is one of those cars that you can instantly recognize having seen only the undercarriage. Nice find, DT! I'm betting somebody else points this out, but the Celica All-Trac was not in reality a direct competitor to the cars you mentioned, though it seemingly would be. Every time I've driven one, I realized that this was not a sports car but a GT, somewhat like the SVX in execution. But hey, that's just my take!

    Another for sale.

    Well Built All Trac ST185 For Sale!!!

    Thu Jan 22, 2015
    Location: Spokane, Washington
    Price: 9999 obo


    Just about everything has been gone through and replaced with either new OEM Toyota parts to stock, or upgraded performance parts around 15,000 miles ago! Boosted at 12 psi right now. Clean title-no accidents, and the car is rust free.

    Things done just recently in the past couple months:
    Brand New fuel filter, alternator, interstate battery, spark plugs, cap/rotor, spark plug wires, rebuilt air flow meter, new CV axels, cleaned throttle body, new front windshield and seals.

    New rings, main bearings, rod bearings, complete upper and lower cosmetic reseal kit, resurfaced head, Cometic metal head gasket, water pump, all timing components, ARP goodies (head studs, main studs, and rod bolts), ACT sprung organic disk clutch, SS clutch line, poly motor mounts, cam seals, oil pump o-ring and shaft seal, C/V axle output seals, P/S pump rebuild, Distributor O-ring, Rear Main Seal, Shift linkage bushing.
    Mishimoto high performance radiator
    5-speed transmission from a ST205 Celica GT Four.
    K&N cold air intake
    Manual boost controller
    Prosport Turbo and Oil Pressure Gauges
    Ksport Coilovers that are adjustable
    Whiteline rear swaybar
    ARP hardware throughout and all new gaskets
    Rebuilt CT26 turbo
    Evo 8 Front mount intercooler
    Full 3 inch exhaust to HKS muffler
    ACT Lightweight Flywheel
    ARP Flywheel bolts
    5600k HID Retrofitted HID projector headlights from a 2009 BMW (Shine super bright!)
    All interior lights and license plate lights are LED
    3000k HID Bright yellow fog lights
    Procar seats made by scat
    Separate set of winter wheels ( 17 inch Scion wheels) and winter tires!
    *Brand new matte black 17 inch summer wheels and Michelin high performance tires ( only 1 season on them so far!)

    Professionally installed: Tinted windows (to the legal limit), remote start (essential for warming up/cooling down turbo), keyless entry, alarm/shock sensor
    Premium Kenwood Deck with USB/Aux for Smartphone's, 4 German Maestro and 4 Helix Precision speakers in a 10 speaker sound system (sounds amazing!). Wired for subs.

    The car is build strong, and should treat you well for a very long time.
    Cell: 509-868-7472

  2. The April 2015 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotics has a full feature write-up on the All-Trac as a collectable to get right now...

    1. That's too cool - what timing! I'll have to check that out. I like that rag occasionally, a lot. But other times, it's boring as all get out.

  3. They're pretty nice cars to drive, the 3S-GTE motor is pretty strong and can be cranked up pretty substantially over stock. Beware of aftermarket mods either poorly done or that don't reflect what you want to do with the car (e.g. 500lb/in coilovers on a daily-driver).

    From a personal perspective I'd rather have the earlier ST165, but those are even thinner on the ground and parts availability spottier.

  4. Whoa, that shifter is a little bit too excited. Kind of intimidating to be greeted with that sight upon opening the Celica's jellybean driver's door.


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