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.