Sunday, May 28, 2017

4-Wheel-Deal: 1990 Toyota Celica AllTrac

The Toyota Celica was an affordable 'sporty' coupe from Toyota, and quite frankly a horrible car once it made the switch from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive when the fourth generation Celica debuted in 1986.  The only notable exception is the All-Trac turbo cars that combined all-wheel-drive with a turbocharged 4-banger to put some fun back into the 4 wheeled washing machines from the company founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937.  This 5th generation (T180)  Find this 1990 Toyota Celica AllTrac here on eBay bidding for $4,500 located in Indianapolis, IN with 4 days to go.

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 a slightly less fun-to-drive alternative to AWD offerings from Mistubishi, Mazda & Subaru, but its handsome design and rock solid reliability trumped its competitors.


  1. You mean ST185 Celica, the first Japanese car and brand to win a WRC Championship, 2 in fact, and 3 For drivers. And you couldn't be more wrong about the engine, it is a weapon. It powered the cars in Japan's GT championships for quite a while, even the Supras which had the legendary 2JZ in street cars. The power is not low (for it's day) USDM cars had 200hp & 200 ft-lbs of torque despite what you list, more in the rest of the world. If you want to see inside the engine have a look back at the intro for Grand Turismo 3. You're off on the handling too (mostly), all those psuedo competitors never marketed their offering at the same time.


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