ST185-0018993
1991 ST185-H GT-FOUR
The Vehicle's Story

A tried and true race car, Toyota competed with the ST185 until 1994, winning both world titles in their final year, and five championships the year prior. One of the keys to the success of the ST185 was a decision to delete the electronics controlling the centre differential and run it in a locked configuration to reduce understeer. Any earlier engine advantage of the Celica was negated by a new 34mm turbo restrictor (reduced from 38mm) and the handling complicated by a sophisticated suspension design. But it also had superior aerodynamics, broader arches that allowed for 18″ wheels to be used on asphalt, a stiffer chassis, water injection, as well as greater opportunities for under-bonnet cooling. (Source: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/history-of-toyota-in-world-rallying-1990s)

This car was one of the five (Pictured) that the team raced in the 1990’s. Also featured in popular video game titles like Gran Turismo, the ST185 Castrol Livery is instantly recognizable to any car, or race enthusiast. The modified dashboard omits mileage, so when #1 went up to auction in September of 2019 (Starting bid at $1,000,000 Yen), it got an auction grade of 3.5/C. Digging through the internet, and forums, I was able to compile as many screenshots, and documents as possible to showcase authenticity.

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A tried and true race car, Toyota competed with the ST185 until 1994, winning both world titles in their final year, and five championships the year prior. One of the keys to the success of the ST185 was a decision to delete the electronics controlling the centre differential and run it in a locked configuration to reduce understeer. Any earlier engine advantage of the Celica was negated by a new 34mm turbo restrictor (reduced from 38mm) and the handling complicated by a sophisticated suspension design. But it also had superior aerodynamics, broader arches that allowed for 18″ wheels to be used on asphalt, a stiffer chassis, water injection, as well as greater opportunities for under-bonnet cooling. (Source: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/history-of-toyota-in-world-rallying-1990s)

This car was one of the five (Pictured) that the team raced in the 1990’s. Also featured in popular video game titles like Gran Turismo, the ST185 Castrol Livery is instantly recognizable to any car, or race enthusiast. The modified dashboard omits mileage, so when #1 went up to auction in September of 2019 (Starting bid at $1,000,000 Yen), it got an auction grade of 3.5/C. Digging through the internet, and forums, I was able to compile as many screenshots, and documents as possible to showcase authenticity.

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