10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

7. Toyota Celica GT-Four

There was a time when Toyota was on a roll with performance cars. Its sporty history includes of the MR2, AE86 Corolla, the Supra and even the Celica. But for some reason the very best Celicas missed the boat to North American show-rooms.

The model we actually did get in North America, called the All-Trac, but we missed out on the most bad-ass model, the Celica GT-Four RC. A WRC hologation special, it was also called the Carlos Sainz, or Group A, depending on the market you saw it in. It featured an air-to-water intercooler and the hood was modified to improve ventilation. It also received a Torsen limited-slip rear differential to compliment the viscous LSD center diff, while second and third gear featured upgraded synchros. To top it all off, the car was equipped with short shifter – like a true rally car.

Looking back, it’s a real shame that this car didn’t make it here, especially to compete with the likes of other rally-inspired cars like the Subaru Impreza WRX of the time.

  • Rickers

    I thought you could buy the AWD turbo Celica here….

  • Jeff T

    Great pics autoguide! The American market is an odd one though.

  • Laurentino

    Definitely the alfaromeo 8c, lancia delta integrale and Toyota hilux, also the new ford ranger T5 in diesel engine options.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    Oh I totally agree about the new Ford Ranger! That should have been sold here too,

  • Jake

    Hands down Skyline should have been #1. I’m thinking that will be my next vehicle purchase when they start becoming legal here in the states in 5-7 years.

  • Laurentino

    Yeap also the Toyota trueno and the Nissan patrol the 3rd generation until the latest one the 6th generation.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    I didn’t rank these in any particular order Jake, but if I did, I think you’d be right with the Skyline GT-R as #1. I hear Canadians are already starting to import them! Lucky Canucks!

  • Willem Rodenburg

    They forgot the sickest car at the moment! The Audi RS6! These C5, C6, and the mighty C7!

  • Rickers

    I always thought the 8C was sold here.. they’re just so rare. Basically a Ferrari California… but MUCH better looking.

  • Winston

    Three words: Land Rover Defender!

  • Austerror

    Don’t forget the Cosmo had two engines to choose. Twin rotor or the triple rotor 20b. The 300hp figures were a conservative figure as that was the agreement at the time in Japan.

    Yes I do own a 20b Cosmo.