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Toyota Celica GT-Four (Rally Giants Series)

Toyota Celica GT-Four (Rally Giants Series)

By Graham Robson

Paperback • 128 pages • 210x195mm • 100 colour pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-184-3

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• Full detailed history of the Toyota Celica GT-Four’s rally career
• Complete story of concept, design and development
• Unrivalled coverage of people and influences behind the cars
• Step-by-step account of technical evolution
• Description of cars: why, how and when evolved
• Details of principal people involved
• Packed with pictures
• Comparison with rivals
• Complete listing of important successes and works Celicas


This book describes the birth, development, and rallying career of the Toyota Celica GT-Four, providing a compact and authoritative history of where, when and how it became so important to the sport.


This is a comprehensive study of the career of the Toyota Celica GT-Four. Starting in 1988, three generations of this effective turbocharged four-wheel-drive car – known by enthusiasts as ST165, ST185 and ST205 types – fought for World Championships, and were amazingly successful for almost a decade.

All types combined high-performance, great reliability, and superb preparation by Toyota Team Europe (based in Cologne, Germany), their 300bhp/four-wheel-drive chassis package being among the best in the world. Over the years, the cars won some of the roughest events in the world (such as the Safari and the Acropolis), and were also supreme on tarmac, snow and ice, including Monte Carlo.

After fighting a running battle with Lancia for years, the Celicas won the World Manufacturers’ Championship twice. Its famous drivers included Carlos Sainz (World Champion in 1990 and 1992), Juha Kankkunen (Champion in 1993) and Didier Auriol (Champion in 1994).

Never far from controversy, and at times embroiled in technical and regulatory disputes, these cars brought real glamour to the colourful sport of rallying, and were only replaced by an even higher-tech Toyota – the Corolla World Rally Car – in 1997.

Independent Reviews

"Even if you're not into the Celica GT Four, it's a good book. If you're into 1990s rallying, you should buy it. Robson does a good job at making what could be a heavy going subject easy to read and understand." –

"Thanks to writer Graham Robson’s usual encyclopaedic collection of facts and photos and easy style of expressing himself I feel I know all about this pretty Japanese coupé ... This is definitely another volume for the bookshelf." – Motor Cycling Club

Additional Information

Period covered: 1988 – 1997


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