Toyota Celica IMSA GTO Selling in January

1986 Toyota Celica IMSA GTO 1 photo
Photo: RM Auctions
In 1983 All American Racers (AAR) and TOyota entered a partnership to compete in the series’ entry-level GTU class. The positive results of the project inspired Toyota to move over to the higher GTO class for which the automaker built the Celica you see here.
Of course, the car is a Celica only with the name, as it’s built on a custom race-spec tubular spaceframe, with a turbocharged 2.090-liter engine placed in the mid producing no less than 450 bhp and connected to a five-speed manual gearbox.

This particular Celica GTO, chassis number 86T-002, was built in July 1986 and it is one of the only three built for the 1986, 1987 and 1988 seasons. After the program concluded in 1988, the racecar was sold directly by Toyota Motor Sales to their championship-winner Chris Cord.

The car will cross the block at RM Auction’s Arizona event on Thursday, January 16th, 2014, expecting to be sold at around $100,000 - $150,000. Check the official ad here for more information.
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