1993 Toyota Mark II

Sold: $17,995

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Stock Number: 4202

Typically when you think of performance sedans typically the German manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes come to mind. Meanwhile, Toyota was out there slapping turbos on just about every car in their lineup making some of the most unassuming performance cars of the era. Things like the Aristo with its twin-turbo inline six, or the JZX90 chassis with its twin-turbo 1JZ. The Mark II Tourer V's practical dimensions allow for four full-size adults to fit comfortably, while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era. Our '93 is a great example of why this car became so popular overseas and is finally has a chance to catch on here in the states. Toyota's Opal White Pearl (046) is a great color for the sedan's larger proportions. The paint shows really well for its age, the clearcoat has a good luster and shows no signs of fading. At 75K verified miles, there are of course a few stone chips and normal blemishes from daily driving. The factory lip kit is a nice subtle touch. In order to get the car down to a proper height, Tein coilovers were fitted over the 17" AVS Model 6s. In order to keep from rubbing with the new height, the fenders have been rolled and pulled which overall appears to have been rather well done.

The interior of the JZX90 has been well cared for and it shows. Several modifications have been made inside the cabin; and while most of the additions benefit performance, some aid convenience. Typically the biggest wear item in every car is the driver's seat and steering wheel. Both have been upgraded to a much sportier Recaro and Momo. The reclinable, two tone, Recaro looks exceptional and sits even better. The passenger and rear seats are equally clean and free of any major wear. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue. The Volkswagen shift knob seems like an odd choice, however it feels great in the hand. Seeing as this car was manual swapped the gauge cluster does still have the "PRNDL." While equipped with the sunroof option is has been disengaged due to how many fail over time. It does offer a nice bit of additional lighting to the cabin giving a more open feeling. Otherwise, all of the windows, mirrors, locks, and automatic climate control are functioning like normal.

Under the hood is what makes the JZX chassis so special, fitted with the bulletproof 1JZ-GTE makes this car a beast. The twin-turbo 2.5L fires up quickly, and sounds wicked through the custom turbo back exhaust. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry or Prius you typically affiliate with Toyota. 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. There are a few performance goodies to help with that as well. The HKS intake helps to feed the twin turbos, while the HKS blow off valve makes all the right noises. Power is sent rearward with a five-speed manual R154 transmission which is what would have been used from the factory. The transmission shifts smoothly and happily rows through all the gears. To ensure that everything is up to par mechanically our trained techs have gone over the car. We took care of quite a few items to ensure that it's road-ready again; a new battery and alternator, replaced the pads front and rear, new upper control arms, 4 fresh tires, and a routine oil change. While the perfect car may not exist, the Mark II is doing its best to try. Great power, fantastic handling, and room for four. And the best part is that you get Japanese reliability over its German counterparts.

*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.

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