1993 Toyota Mark II Tourer V
Who says practical sedans have to be boring? In the 90's Toyota sure didn't think so (however that may not ring as true now-a-days.) Take the heart of the Supra, send the power to the rear wheels, fit it with 3 pedals, and throw in an extra set of doors. Family sedans have never quite been the same. Now these have become just as popular with drifters as family men who need to drop the kids off at school. The sleek lines of the 90 give it a very distinct profile, especially lowered on 19's. Paired with the Vertex lip kit, the car has an aggressive stance that means business, yet has enough ground clearance for daily driving. Finished in Toyota's Dark Green Mica (6N2) the color has a very subtle look that really pops out in the sunlight. The paint shows well for it's age however does have routine wear and blemishes as one would expect with a 26 year old vehicle. I would suspect that the car was re-shot when the lip kit was added as there's hardly any color variation between the two. I will note that under the fluorescent lights the car looks a bit more gray than it really is, but even in person it's hard to put a color on it. In some lighting it's black yet in others a more forest green, it really makes for a good looking car. Especially paired with the Argento IS-F BBS wheels. The body has been kept in above average condition, free of any notable dents or dings.
The interior has been kept largely all original, with a few aftermarket upgrades. The stock seats are incredibly comfortable, yet offer ample support. Luckily the bolsters have held up well as they're typically the most prone to degradation. Neither front or rear seats show any real signs of staining or wear, and the same can be said about the carpeting. The chunky factory wheel was replaced in favor of a more streamline Momo Corse wheel, however it does have some wear at the 3 O'clock position. A large Blitz boost gauge was added to monitor boost levels from the twin turbos. Aside from the aftermarket radio, the rest of the interior has been left alone. The stock shift boot has seen better days, but would be an easy replacement for something a bit more fitting for the car. The gauge cluster has been swapped out for the much cleaner JZX100 which looks considerably more crisp than what came in the 90. Due to the cluster swap the mileage cannot be verified, but is currently reading 81K miles. Since the mileage on the cluster is what would be used for service, the timing belt was just done 10K miles ago. As noted in the pictures the traction control has been disabled due to the cluster swap. It's not terribly uncommon to see since the traction control is based off of the throttle body, which means it has a tendency to kick in rather unnecessarily. The Mark II's made sure not to leave comfort out of the equation. Power windows, mirrors, door locks, and automatic climate control were all factory standard. All of which are functioning as expected and the A/C blows cold. The center console trim does have some cracking along the top edge, but nothing functionally wrong aside from aesthetics.
Under the hood is really what makes this car such a monster. The 1JZ-GTE twin turbo turns this from a routine sedan into a real street beast. The 1J starts up with ease and delivers serious power when the turbos spool. Paired with a factory R154 5 speed makes it a bit of a rarity. These transmissions are known for their ability to hold some serious power. Sending all that power to the rear wheels makes it both capable for daily driving, but seriously potent when you want to have some fun. These cars are extremely popular overseas as drive cars due to the long wheel base and their ease of control. Power levels have been upped slightly compliments of an HKS intake which lets the turbo breathe a bit better. And to help out back a full custom exhaust lets the 1JZ be heard. This car is a real screamer when you get into boost, and it truly sounds unlike anything else on the road. We cannot be held responsible for any speeding tickets due to it, so you have been warned. To dial in the perfect ride height Kei-Office coilovers sit on all four corners. The suspension is certainly more stiff that stock, but nothing that you couldn't live with day to day. It handles routine road imperfections with ease and keeps the sedan well planted in the turns. To make sure everything is up to par we put four sticky new tires on it, changed the oil, and made sure that the A/C was fully charged. As of this point the Tourer V is ready to tackle anything that's thrown at it. Once you drive one of these its going to struggle to get back into that new Camry.
*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.