1992 Toyota MKIII Supra JZA70
Pending Sale: $15,495
Stock Number: 4830
This 1992 Toyota Supra has just the right blend of performance and comfort. Stunning good looks and sleek design are what made the A70 Supra so popular worldwide. This particular example has a mere 122K verified miles and has been very well maintained. The MKIII was unfortunately never offered in the US like this. Featuring the 1JZ-GTE twin-turbo engine, which as time has proven, is a much better engine than the 7M that was offered in its US 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. The paint is in great shape, however, it is worth noting that there's some trash in the paint. It's obvious that at least portions of the car have been resprayed at some point which is why the paint is in such great shape. As we would recommend with all of our cars, a good paint correction will do a world of good. While the paint isn't perfect, the body itself is in great shape. The long doors and sloping hood are largely dent and ding free. Being 29 years old it does have a few small imperfections, but nothing of real concern.
Toyota didn't stop when they got to the interior. The cabin was rather well-appointed for being a sports car when you compare them to what other companies like Nissan were offering at the same time. The dash and gauges all have a low, wide feeling to them as if you just hopped into a cockpit. The gauges are all well laid out for you to keep an eye on without having to hunt for information. The top of the dash does have a split, presumably from sun damage, atop the gauge cluster that we wanted to make note of since it doesn't show in the photos. The stock seats are incredibly supportive for long drives while still having enough bolstering to keep you in place when you start having a little fun. 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 gray cloth has held up fantastic over the years with no real blemishes to make note of. Even the back seats look nearly new! Granted, there aren't going to be a ton of people lined up to climb back there in the first place. The driver's seat is fully powered even with an electronically adjustable lumbar which is a nice little touch. The long door panels are in the same condition, free of any delamination or splits which we see more commonly in cars like the Soarer or Skyline. 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. There has been a separate button added to the center console to control the Overdrive, presumably the original one on the gear selector crapped out at some point so they came up with a rather clever solution.
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 lifetime 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, even without the help of any aftermarket goodies. 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. The automatic easily engages into gear and runs through the 4 speed without hesitation. These were also some of the first transmissions to offer a manual selection as well. Being so well maintained back in Japan it came in needing only some minor work in the shop. A fresh battery and four new tires make sure that you're covered for years to come. We also replaced the pads front and rear to make sure you've got no issues reeling things in. The stock suspension is plenty capable of your morning commute while still being able to handle some back roading on the weekend without beating you to death. 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.