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1989 Toyota Celica ST165 Toyota Challenge Car

Advert ID: 43742 $40,000 NZD

Advert Began: Mar 2, 2020, 20:06
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This is a 1989 Toyota Celica ST165.

It is a factory built rally car that was used in a series called the Toyota Challenge. There were only a handful of these cars built and they were all stickered up to replicate Carlos Sainz's Monte Carlo car.

In the early 90's it was shipped to NZ and was used by Carlos Sainz as a recce car for rally NZ. Following this event it was shipped back to Japan where it competed for a couple more years before it was retired from competition.

Its next part of its life is currently unknown.

It was then found in Japan (effectively a barn find) and shipped back to NZ by it's first NZ owner. It spent it's first few years in Christchurch before moving to Auckland.

It spent a few years with the original owner before we purchased it in 2016.


2.0L 3STGE taken from an MR2 (sorry, not original engine as that was detonated in Christchurch)

Aftermarket headers

Custom exhaust with RPS muffler

ST205 running gear

Air to Air FMIC

Modified Factory Turbo by Steve Murch


Upgraded silicon water and air plumbing throughout

Relocated remote oil filter

Aluminium radiator

Engine oil cooler

Gearbox oil cooler

Pod Filter

KYB Rally Suspension (This cannot be purchased off the shelf) with custom Cusco Camber Plates

Tein Lowering Springs

Znoelli Brakes

Braided brake lines

17x8" Compomotive TH17 wheels

Currently has 235/40R17 Maxxis MAZ3 tyres.

SAINZ licence plate (worth approx. $1500 on it's own) - Note, if sold overseas the plate will need to be removed and kept in NZ.

Sparco race seats

Sylvester 5 point harnesses (these are expired for race use but still valid for road use)

Helmet carrier

Half Original bolt in cage remains (front half required to be removed for compliance)


Boost Gauge

Customers dash dials

Oil Pressure, Oil Temp and Water Temp gauges

Custom aluminium switch panel (not all switches currently wired up)

Oricom R/T


There is also a range of spare parts included e.g. dash board, hubs, brake pads, gaskets, car cover, plus much more.

Will come with brand new WoF and at least 6 months rego for NZ buyer.

This is the only one of its type in NZ and possibly the only one outside of Japan or Europe. Its history has been verified by former members of TTE.

Viewing available in New Lynn by appointment only.

Shipping to be arranged at purchasers expense.

Tags: Celica, Sainz

Seller Info

Andre Elliot

Member Since:
02 Mar 2020

New Lynn, 0600


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