Choices – Group B Outsiders

Welcome back to Choices. An evolution of a series I wrote years ago where seemingly similar cars are pit against one another in a battle for your affection. It’s like trying to choose your favourite hamburger (they’re all great, right?) Your task, if you agree to accept it, is to determine which of the four cars below belongs in each category:

  • One would be your daily driver.
  • One would become a motorsport special (and maybe enlighten us as to what motorsport).
  • One would be locked away in storage for years to come.
  • One would be tossed aside like a used K-cup. 

It’s as simple as that. Have fun with the quartet below.

The Contestants

  • Citroën BX 4TC
  • Nissan Silvia 240RS
  • Opel Manta 400
  • Toyota Celica GT-TS

Group B rally racing is automotive folklore. Fanatics talk about this era with fondness and awe. The Audi S1 Quattro, Ford RS200, MG Metro 6R4, and Lancia Delta S4 have become mystical automotive creatures. Some folks get a little teary-eyed thinking of those four-wheel drive monsters.

But not all Group B rally cars were beasts or all that successful. Many manufacturers created Group B cars that were either problematic, outclassed, or both. A few may have found limited success, but none were frontrunners like the cars mentioned above. Four such cars were the Citroën BX 4TC, the Nissan Silvia 240RS, the Opel Manta B 400 and the Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo.

For this week’s challenge we are selecting the four road-going homologation versions of these cars for you to decide what to do with. The means the Citroën BX 4TC, the Nissan Silvia 240RS, the Opel Manta 400 and the Toyota Celica GT-TS. Which car is going to be your daily driver, which will be your racer, which is going in storage and which will sadly be left behind?

My Choices

I’ll start off with my daily driver. The Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo won a few rallies during the Group B era simply because it had exceptional durability and out lasted the faster, more exotic machinery. So, the Celica GT-TS makes the perfect choice for my daily driver.

On the complete opposite side of the reliability spectrum was the temperamental Citroën BX 4TC. Poor performing and seldom running, these cars are incredibly rare today and would make the perfect candidate to put in storage and sell years later for massive amounts of money.

That leaves the Silvia 240RS or the Manta 400 for my motorsports car. This is a tough one. I am going to make my selection purely based on the least important aspect of a car when it comes to racing – looks. I love the blocky, wide-body design of the 240RS, so it is becoming my track weapon. Sorry Manta.

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