1991 Toyota Supra MKIII
Stock Number: 4331
This 1992 Toyota Supra has just the right blend of performance and comfort. The JZA70 Supra was unfortunately never offered in the US with the proper drivetrain. This model featured the 1JZ-GTE twin-turbo engine, which as time has proven, is a far superior engine than the 7M that was offered here stateside. And unlike the later generation, MKIV's the MKIII offers tremendous performance and a slew of impressive factory options all at a fraction of the price. With its sharp angular lines, it looks quick just sitting still. Finished in an ever-classic Black Onyx (202) that really fits the styling of the car. The paint shows great for its age barring the normal etching in the clear coat that any 29 year old black paint job will have. The bodywork itself is has been very well maintained with only a few little door dings to report which is impressive considering how long the panels are. The only real issue to report is the typical rubber degradation on the side view mirror surrounds. It's an issue that plagues all JDM Supras for some reason. One of the best traits of the MKIII are the iconic popup headlights. It's a shame that manufacturers moved away from these as they really help to keep the flowing bodylines.
Inside the cabin, you'll find an excellent condition interior. The dash is in well above average condition with no unsightly cracks or major sun damage. The same can be said about the supremely comfortable seats. These cars were considered more of a sporty Grand Tourer than a hardcore performance car. Subsequently, the result was a much more enjoyable place to spend an afternoon. The driver's seat, for instance, is fully powered even with an electronically adjustable lumbar. Seats both front and rear are in an awesome condition, free of any abnormal wear or tear. The same can be said about the long door panels. Being that this one is a fixed-roof coupe there's no concern about water intrusion from T-top seals which is a common issue. From the driver's seat, all of the pertinent information is easily laid out and all within arms reach. Things like the automatic climate control, power windows, power-folding mirrors are all functioning as expected.
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 bureaucratic 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. The fact that this one has been kept all stock over its 81K verified miles makes it a bit of a survivor. Most of the cars that come in have a few minor changes, even if it's just the airbox or exhaust. The 1J fires right up and sounds surprisingly good though the factory exhaust. There's no doubt about when the turbos come online. The straight six pulls like a freight train up to its 7K redline. Mated up to the automatic makes for a surprisingly great combination. Shifts bang off quickly and keep the 2.5L always in boost meaning there's never any lag. These were also some of the first transmissions to offer a manual selection as well. We've also gone ahead and taken care of a good bit of service work for the new owner. Four new tires, new pads and rotors, driver front tie rods and bellows, replaced the fuel float, and did a routine oil change. Now that we have this two door rocket back up to par it's ready to turn heads as your next car show. Then again, with such a bulletproof drivetrain, ample parts availability, and a comfortable ride it'd be a shame not to enjoy this thing every day!
*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.