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Gallery: Old and busted, meet new hotness…

No, I’m not talking about switching girlfriends…

For the last year or two I’ve had a Recaro interior from a Mitsubishi Evo IV in my GT-Four. Well, the front seats anyway – the rear seats were facelifted Celica seats, and my door cards had been falling apart.

So, I took the car to a chap up north called Simon, who does a bit of automotive interior trimming in his spare time, under the banner of Hide ‘n’ Seat Interiors. I explained what I wanted, and he obliged for a bargain of a price, at least two thirds cheaper than other companies had quoted me.

The list of work was:

  • New covers for the front seats, black leather with red alcantara centres, and GT-Four logo embroidery in white and red stitching throughout.
  • New covers for the rear seats, the same as the fronts but without the logos.
  • New door card inserts in red alcantara, with black piping and red stitching.
  • Black leather centre armrest cover, with red stitching.
  • Black leather handbrake cover, with red stitching.
  • Black leather gearlever gaiter, with red stitching.
  • Black alcantara covering on the centre console stereo surround and gearstick surround.
  • Black leather sunvisors, with red stitching.
  • Black alcantara covering the window switch panels in the door cards.
  • Black alcantara headlining.

Unfortunately, Simon ran clean out of time (after working all through the night) so was unable to do the sunvisors, window switch panels or headlining, but those will be sorted in the near future!

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Carlos Sainz lives on

Thanks to mook over at skewer.co.uk, my GT-Four now looks much, much nicer:

Okay, okay. So, technically Carlos Sainz was most famous for driving the ST185. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure he competitively drove the ST205.

I’d like to think he would have done though, had Toyota not been unceremoniously ejected from the competition for being filthy cheats.

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A new arrival!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve become bored of the Celica T-Sport, 190bhp is nice but the constant need to work the engine to get it soon gets old. So, I’ve swapped it for this! A 1995 Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205) – 255bhp as standard, and I don’t know whether to keep it […]

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Repaired and good to go!

It’s taken a while to scrape together the money for it, but I’ve finally managed to save enough to get the damage to the T-Sport repaired. The work has been carried out by Steve at SHC Autobodies in Shrewsbury, and he’s done a great job, so thanks to him for that. The problem now is, […]

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Bugger.

First, the good news. The Celica T-Sport hasn’t fallen apart on me yet. Now for the bad news. I got back to the car park after work today to see this waiting for me: What in the name of Shakin’ Stevens happened there, then? Looks like someone’s clipped the wing when pulling into or out […]

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Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTLi (T-Sport)

Toyota have confirmed that the oil consumption is definitely abnormal, but “can’t do anything under warranty” as it’s passed the threshold for both mileage and the extended warranty period for this issue. So, I’ve got shot of the damn thing and replaced it with it’s bigger brother, the Celica T-Sport: With an extra 50bhp over […]

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