1993 Toyota Cresta Tourer
Stock Number: 4527
The ZX90 platform is amongst the most versatile performance sedans to come out of Japan. Four-door practicality meshed with a Supra drive train was a guaranteed recipe for success. While these were sold with three different names (Chaser, Cresta, Mark II) they were all fundamentally the same. Normally we see the Mark II come through but this time we have a Cresta which has a slightly different styled front end and tail lights. No matter which one you're looking at they're all wildly different from anything you'd see on the road here. Our latest '93 is the best pairing possible; two turbos and a 3rd pedal. While this Opal White Pearl (046) sedan had an automatic JZX100 cluster installed back in '07 it was in fact a factory manual. Its not uncommon for the clusters to go bad in Toyotas so it was taken back to the dealer to have a newer one installed. The car is a one owner and very well maintained based on the service records so the unverified miles come with little concern. The bodywork is all stock aside from the more streamlined mesh grille insert and in fantastic shape. The paint looks fantastic and only has a few little typical scratches and stone chips from driving over the years. The same can be said about the body as there are few noticeable dents or dings to report.
The interior tells the same story as the body does. Unlike the Mark II which is always a green interior the Cresta rocks a blue one which is quintessential '90s styling. The driver's seat has been replaced with a far more supportive Recaro reclinable bucket. Unlike all of the typical aftermarket seats, this one is actually powered and has a controller mounted against the center console. Normally seats with such bolstering like this are prone to wear along the edges from getting in and out but this one really has held up well. The factory passenger and back seats are in equally great shape, they look hardly used over the years. The other pieces that we would normally expect to see accelerated wear are spots like the original steering wheel and shift knob. Since they're constantly in use they normally reflect it, but not in this case. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue. The door panels are also in excellent shape, free of any real signs of wear. The interior as a whole is quite nice and is fitted with all of the power features you'd expect to find. Power folding mirrors, power windows, automatic climate control, auto headlights lights, all operating as you'd expect. The A/C is blasting cold, so no worries about sweating to death on your morning commute with summer looming on the horizon.
Under the hood is what really makes this car shine. The 1JZ-GTE is a brute of a motor with more than enough to get this sedan rolling down the highway. The twin turbo 2.5L fires up quickly and sounds exquisite through the Fujitsubo catback exhaust. If you've never heard a 1J at full chat through a proper exhaust then you're really missing out. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you're thinking of from back in the day. Once you get underway and the turbos spool the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. The factory R154 5 speed is a beast of a trans that has no problem sending the power outback. As previously noted the 132K miles are unverified due to the cluster swap but it appears to have all of its service work since new in the glovebox; it even has the certificate for the exhaust in there. The timing belt was replaced just about 10K miles ago which is a very good sign of being diligent about maintenance intervals. They also went ahead and upgraded the radiator to an aluminum Greddy unit. While we go over each vehicle upon arrival this one only needed a fresh set of rubber and a routine oil change to ensure that it's ready for its stateside chapter. The stock suspension is more than capable but has been upgraded to Bilstein shocks for a more stable drive. It's also sporting a Cusco strut tower brace upfront to help tidy up the chassis a bit further. This platform is ideal for those after a proper daily driver that still has gobs of untapped potential. It is just as at home clipping an apex as it is taking a kid to school.
*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.