1990 Toyota Supra MKIII
Stock Number: 4007
Bang for the buck is a tough thing to ignore when you are considering the perfect JDM car. With many enthusiasts willing to pay nearly six figures for a clean MKIV Supra, the MKIII offers tremendous performance and a slew of impressive factory options all at a fraction of the price. Fitted with a silky smooth 2.5L turbo six and quick-shifting auto transmission this 1990, with only 71K verified miles, is eager to start eating up American pavement. This model featured the 1JZ-GTE twin-turbo engine, which as time has proven, turns out to be a much better engine than the 7M that was offered in it's U.S. counterpart. The exterior has been kept nearly all stock, preserving Toyota's wedgelike design. Finished in Black Onyx (202) is a timeless color that looks particularly menacing on these. It's a shame manufacturers stopped using pop up headlights, it just makes the front end look so good. There was one change from the factory and those are the wheels. 17" Inter Milano 5 spoke replace the factory ones giving it a bit sportier look.
The interior of the JZA70 is far from lacking. Since these have always been a bit of a sport-touring coupe the seats are exceptionally plush. The bolstering is abundant to keep you comfortably in place when you throw it into a turn. Typically we see the bolstering start to break down from age and use, however, both driver and passenger are in great shape. The dash is in excellent condition with no unsightly cracks or major sun damage which these are prone to. The door panels are also in great shape with no tears or major wear. Once you hunker down into the cockpit all of the gauges are nicely laid out making it easy to keep an eye on all of the pertinent vitals. An aftermarket 3 spoke leather wheel streamlines the view as the stock one is a bit bulky. Aside from its performance they made sure to include all of the modern powered accessories of the time; power-folding mirrors, windows, door locks, . Along with the aftermarket wheel, there is a wood grain gear selector that fits well in the palm of your hand. Since the factory boost gauge is a bit of a joke a proper mechanical Greddy gauge was added over by the A-pillar.
What really sets the JDM model apart from the one we got here is under the hood. None of the good motors ever made it here stateside due to emissions regulations and other red tape. Now is the chance to own one with the proper twin-turbo 1JZ-GTE power plant. These motors are notoriously powerful out of the box and have gobs of potential that can easily be tapped into. Ours has a few items already taken care of to make this one even better. An HKS intake helps feed the turbos and makes all the right noises when you let off the gas. Outback is a Kakimoto stainless exhaust that lets the 2.5L really sing. Under load, the car sounds fantastic and will only get better if you decide to free up the rest of the factory exhaust. Up top is a Cusco strut tower brace to help tie together the front end. The straight-six fires right up thanks to a fresh battery, a new alternator, and a refresh on the fuel system. Now the MKIII is idlingly as it should and pulling strong to that 7K redline. The automatic easily engages into gear and runs through the 4 speed without hesitation. Since the turbos never need to re-spool this car is quicker than it's manual counterparts. It's also equipped with selectable transmission modes to allow you to hold it in gear for when you're out in the backroads. The stock suspension does a great job of soaking up bumps and the factory brakes can easily reel it back in, of course, 4 new tires help with that as well. A new air filter, plugs, and oil change have you maintenance free for some time. Stateside MKIII Supras are becoming hard to find in shape like this. This Japanese example, packs more tech, more power, and more refinement under the same sheet metal. A tunable platform and legendary drivetrain make this generation a true Japanese Classic.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.