Brought to the United States in 93 and badged as the Lexus GS, but never received the 2JZ-GTE (Same engine in the toyota supra) and the V8 1UZ that came AWD.
Years: 1991-1997 (Gen. 1)
Transmission: Automatic only
Engine, Drivetrain, Weight:
2JZ-GE (6 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated)
2JZ-GTE (6 Cylinder Twin Turbo)
1UZ-FE (8 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated)
GT-TS Twin Cam Turbo TA-64
Produced when the WRC had released Group B rallying. The celica went away from the norm for rallying when it decided to go with RWD for the setup. It was nicknamed the “King of Africa” for dominating the WRC group B rallies for 3 years in Africa. Only 200 street homologations were made and never brought to the US.
Gen:1 ST165 (1986-1989)
The first of GT-Fours, came factory with a center diff that is manually controllable to stay open or locked.
Gen:2 ST185 (1989-1993)
US All Trac version was equivalent to the well optioned GT Four , but the top of the line RC edition of which only 5,000 units were made was not brought ever. The RC was made because it had to meet FIA requirements for the Celica to be a WRC. There was only 5,000 made. The RC came with a water to air intercooler vs air to air. A different hood, and bumper lighter in weight. A short throw shift shifter. A triple cone synchromesh for 2nd and 3rd gear vs the standard double. It also had a plaque in the center console with the number made.
Gen:3 ST205 (1994-1999)
The most powerful celica rally car homologation, with only 2,500 WRC models produced and never brought over to the United States when new. The ST205 pioneered the anti lag system in the rally world before the competition.
Japanese luxury at its finest. Toyota’s flagship vehicle that competed with the Rolls Royce and Mercedes S Class of the time.
The Toyota Century was purchased by VIPs, upper executives, as well as driven by the Prime Minister of Japan.
With reclining seats and a seat pass thru you sure will want someone to chauffere you in the Toyota Century while you stay comfortable not feeling anything but the seats massaging you due to the air suspension soaking up all the bumps.
Introduced for the 1984 model year, the MR2 was Toyota's first mid engine production model. MR2 stood for Midship Runabout Two seater. The Supercharged variant of the MR2 was introduced in 1986 for the Japanese market. There were two special edition models produced at the tail end of production. The first one was in 1988 called the Super Edition with a white and gold two tone theme, Momo shift knob, steering wheel, and 50/50 cloth and leather seats . The Super Edition II launched in 1989 and featured Midnight Blue paint with gold striping, Recaro seats, Momo steering wheel and shift knob, limited slip differential, polished teardrop rims, Mirrored T-top glass roof and rear sway bar.
Second generation model was introduced in 1990 and stayed in production till 1999. Considered by many as a baby Ferrari it grew substantially in size and was sleeker roomier than the outgoing model. The initial models suffered from snap oversteer at the limit which Toyota addressed with the first revisions for the January 1992 that resulted in bigger 15 inch wheels in a staggered step up. There was also a shortened gear shift knob and lever. A viscous limited slip differential was available and stronger transmission synchros were put in.
Third revision came in November 1993 with new rounder style tail lights, a one piece rear spoiler to replace the old 3 piece spoiler, deeper front lip spoiler, and color coded center body piece moldings, side skirts and front lip spoiler. The viscous limited slip differential became standard on the JDM turbo models. Cruise control was dropped from all JDM models with upgrades made to the ABS system and the electronic power steering system. There was also additional structural strengthening to the rear strut tower.
Fourth revision in June of 1996 saw the introduction of a passenger airbag for the JDM market and fender mounted turn signals. The 5 spoke alloy wheels featured diamond cut surfaces and further revisions on the ABS system.
Fifth revision happened in November 1997 and came with thinner 5 spoke alloy design, clear mounted turn signals, red rings around the gauges, shift knob and stitching on the leather seats of the Turbo models. The biggest change however was the introduction of the 3S-GE BEAMS engine with 197 horsepower.
The TRD2000GT bodykits and tuning program was introduced in 1998 to customers who wanted to turn their cars into similar Japanese GTC winning series race cars. Prior to the bodykit being fitted customers choose what engine modifications, suspension tuning, wheels and interior upgrades they wanted, resulting in each car being different from one another. The kit added 4 inches to the vehicle's width. There were 35 officially done cars through Toyota's facilities with each one getting a riveted Vin plate indicating its unique status. Depending on what was done to the vehicle,some cars left with 493 horsepower. TRD offered official complete kits for those who chose to go to the third parties. It is believed 10 of those kits made it the US.
TOM's T020 was a special tuning conversion of the MR2 that used the 2.2L 3S-GE stroker motor to achieve 235 hp. This was achieved through more aggressive F3 camshafts, stokerkit, revised intake, lighted flywheel and upgraded exhaust system. In addition there was race oriented suspension changes and upgraded sport brake pads. The cars were capable of 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. Body modifications came in the form of engine scoops, side skirts, larger rear spoiler, forged wheels and revised bumper designs. They also offered parts for the Turbo models as well.
The MR2 Spider was produced from 1996 to 1999 by Toyota TechnoCraft. These cars came with revised rear sections to accommodate a folding cloth top. Never officially branded as Toyota products there was 91 cars produced.
Produced from 1990 to 1996 the Toyota Sera was based on the 1988 AVX-II concept. Known for its unique butterfly doors that inspired Gordon Murray of Mclaren F1 fame to incorporate them into the supercar. A total of 15,941 vehicles were built. Available with a 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual the Sera shared its platform with the Toyota Paseo and Starlet. One of the first projector lamp equipped headlights the car was available with unique options such as the Super Live Surround Sound SLSS with 10 speakers and 3 tweeters and the air cleaner/freshener known as “CleanAce” and “Airfantasy” with five different fragrances.
Toyota’s first sports car, the Sports 800 was produced from 1965 to 1969. Powered by a horizontally opposed 2 cylinder boxer engine it produced 45 horsepower. Weighing 1,279 lbs the lightweight sports car was made of thin steel and aluminium panels. The Sports 800 top speed was 100mph. The vehicle featured a removable aluminum targa roof panel that could be stored in the trunk. The majority of the vehicles were produced in RHD with approximately 300 LHD versions produced for the Okinawa market. A total of 3,131 vehicles were produced in total.