The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916

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Lot 293
1994 Toyota Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car
Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916

Sold for € 207,000 (US$ 229,376) inc. premium
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli
1994 Toyota Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car
Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
•Genuine works car
•Winner of the 1994 San Remo Rally
•Three owners from new
•Present ownership since 1996
•Expertly maintained and 'on the button'

Footnotes

  • Following the success of the Celica GT4 ST165, the Turbo 4WD ST185 would build on its predecessor's foundations and be the class of the field throughout its three years of service in the World Rally Championship (WRC). It was the car to beat, scoring a hat trick of drivers' titles for Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen, and Didier Auriol respectively. Of equal, if not greater, importance to the Japanese manufacturer was the fact that in 1993 the ST185 delivered Toyota its first ever WRC Manufacturer's Championship, a feat it repeated in 1994.

    The all-conquering ST185 featured a stiffer bodyshell, improved cooling, an up-rated turbo intake system, X-Trac six-speed transmission and, most importantly, a suspension package that permitted a wide range of adjustment. They were sometimes headed by other cars on unfavourable surfaces but the ST 185 Celica was, arguably, the best all-round package.

    Until its exclusion from the series after 2002, the Safari was the toughest rally on the WRC calendar - a gruelling event on difficult terrain in a variety of conditions, which has always made it a signature event. The ST185 Celica was unbeaten on the Safari as a works entry and scored a trio of overall victories for Sainz (1992), Kankkunen (1993) and Ian Duncan (1994).

    Its chassis stamped 'TC572-11/93', the Celica offered here is an original ex-works car campaigned by Toyota Motorsport GmbH under the 'Toyota Team Europe' banner and registered 'K-AM6983'. Didier Auriol drove this car to victory in the San Remo Rally in 1994 (photographs on file) and went on to become World Rally Champion that same year, the first Frenchman to do so.

    At the end of the 1994 season, this car was sold to Grifone in Italy and the following year participated in national events in Esso livery. The current vendor acquired the Celica in 1996 from Grifone, who had by then returned it to the original Castrol livery, the same as it is today, as part of a complete overhaul and restoration to original works specification. Since then the car has been maintained by the vendor's own team of experts, has been run regularly and is 'on the button'. It should be noted that a new ATL fuel cell was installed in 2016.

    Described by the vendor as original and in very good condition, this rare survivor of one of international rallying's most exciting eras is offered with a copy of the original German registration papers; Grifone Verifica Tecnica (1994); Grifone's 1996 sales invoice; and the aforementioned photographs. It is an ideal entry for a variety of retrospective rally events such as those organised by 'Slowly Sideways' and 'Rally Legend', and is ideally suited to the rally stage at the Goodwood 'Festival of Speed'. A rare opportunity to acquire an ex-works rally car with in-period competition history at the highest level.

    Ex-voiture de Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli, Toyota Team Europe
    Toyota Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD des rallyes du Groupe A 1994
    Châssis n° NJT164STJ500014916

    •Authentique voiture d'usine
    •Victorieuse au Rallye de San Remo 1994
    •Trois propriétaires depuis l'origine
    •Un même propriétaire depuis 1996
    •Entretenue de façon experte, fin prête

    Après les succès de la Celica GT4 ST165, la Turbo 4WD ST185 allait capitaliser sur les bases de sa devancière et être en position de leader pendant ses trois saisons en Championnat du Monde des Rallyes (WRC). C'était la voiture à battre, celle qui avait assuré un triplé de titre de Champion des pilotes avec respectivement Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen et Didier Auriol. Pour Toyota, il était tout aussi important, sinon plus, que la ST185 ait assuré en 1993 à ce constructeur japonais son premier titre de Champion des constructeurs, ce qui s'est reproduit en 1994.

    Cette ambitieuse ST185 bénéficiait d'une caisse rigidifiée, d'un refroidissement amélioré, d'une admission avec un turbo boosté, d'une transmission à six rapports X-Trac et, le plus important, d'une suspension autorisant une large palette de réglages. Il arrivait qu'elle se fasse dépasser par d'autres voitures sur des revêtements défavorables, mais la Celica ST 185 était vraisemblablement la meilleure de toutes.

    Jusqu'à ce qu'il sorte du calendrier des rallyes après 2002, le Safari était le plus rude des rallyes du WRC, une épreuve épuisante, qui se déroulait dans différentes conditions mais toujours sur des terrains difficiles et qui de ce fait était un rallye phare. La Celica ST185 était parmi les voitures d'usine celle qui était restée invaincue au Safari et qui avait remporté un triplé avec Sainz (1992), Kankkunen (1993) et Ian Duncan (1994).

    La Celica proposée, au châssis frappé du n° TC572-11/93, est une authentique voiture d'usine engagée par Toyota Motorsport GmbH sous la bannière du Toyota Team Europe et immatriculée K-AM6983. Didier Auriol l'a conduite à la victoire au rallye de San Remo 1994 (photos dans le dossier) et a poursuivi cette année-là jusqu'à devenir Champion du monde des rallyes, ce qu'aucune autre Français n'avait encore réussi.

    A la fin de la saison 1994, la voiture fut vendue en Italie à Grifone, et elle participa l'année suivante à des épreuves nationales sous les couleurs d'Esso. Son vendeur l'a acquise en 1996 auprès de Grifone, qui l'avait remise dans sa livrée Castrol d'origine, la même qu'à ce jour, dans le cadre d'une révision complète et d'une remise dans sa définition usine d'origine. Depuis, la voiture a été entretenue par l'équipe des experts du vendeur ; elle a été régulièrement utilisée et est fin prête. Il convient de noter qu'un nouveau réservoir ATL l'équipe depuis 2016.

    Cette voiture, que son vendeur décrit comme d'origine et en excellent état, est l'une des rares survivantes d'une des plus passionnantes époques de rallyes internationaux. Elle est proposée avec une copie de ses documents d'immatriculation allemands d'origine, sa Verifica Tecnica Grifone (1994), sa facture Grifone de 1996 et les photos déjà mentionnées. Elle constitue un accès idéal à différentes rétrospectives de rallyes telles que celles organisées par Slowly Sideways et Rally Legend et est parfaitement adaptée à la session rallye du Festival of Speed de Goodwood. Une rare occasion d'acquérir une ancienne voiture de rallye d'usine de l'époque où la compétition se déroulait au plus haut niveau.
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The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
The ex-Toyota Team Europe, Didier Auriol/Bernard Occelli,1994 Toyota  Celica ST185 Turbo 4WD Group A Rally Car  Chassis no. NJT164STJ500014916
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