1994 Toyota Mark II
Now that the JZX100 is the hottest ticket in town, it's about time market-savvy consumers start pouncing on the JZX90. This sporty 1994 is one of the best performance buys on the market. It also happens to be roomy, safe, reliable, and turn-key ready to rock. Lightly modified, this Opal White pearl (046) sedan is set off by a set of OEM rainguards and optional gold badging, and further complimented by an OEM optional rear spoiler, rear spats, front lip, side skirts, and four period-correct forged Volk Evolution 4 alloys. Aside from some light scuffs, scratches, and chips associated with normal use, the paint is in good nick. Powered by the legendary 1JZ-GTE inline six, this raucous and recently serviced Toyota would make for a killer daily driver, weekend drift taxi, or cool cruiser. Affordable, practical, and most of all a complete blast to drive, this super saloon is a certified Japanese Classic.
The premium cabin materials were a huge leap ahead of Nissan, the brand's main competitor at this time. As such, the interior has aged gracefully, and this example was clearly well cared for in a life overseas. Largely stock, a Greddy boost gauge has been installed at some point to relay the current manifold pressure to the pilot. The dashboard is in good shape and lacks any cracking or fading. A simple-to-use automatic climate control system is mounted centrally and features cold A/C and piping hot heat. Adjacent is a modern Pioneer radio that works on stateside frequencies. It also has Bluetooth so the driver can keep their hands safely on the wheel. Speaking of which, a driver SRS airbag is on hand to add some peace of mind for the safety conscious. The steering column is tilt adjustable as well, and the blue and gray upholstery is comfortable and supportive. The cloth lacks any major rips, stains, or tears and is in above-average shape. The same can be said for the door cards, headliner, and carpets which have resisted major abuse over the years. Even the power folding side mirrors work, so you can slide into tight city parking and protect this sedan against mirror damage. The power windows and locks work too, in typical Toyota fashion, and make daily use more enjoyable overall.
The front engine rear drive layout is what you would want and expect from a proper sports saloon. The other benefit is near 50/50 weight distribution, and this communicative platform is beloved around the sports car community for its stable yet reflexive handling. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 2.5L twin turbo powerplant whirrs to life care of a new 12v battery. It sounds better than its big brother, the MK4 Supra's 2J, and is enhanced by a Kakimoto exhaust. To keep the I-6 pulling hard to redline a new fuel filter and engine air filter were installed. Now the engine breaths freely, and is linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. The sled sails up to, and above highway speeds with ease, and the TRD cluster installed in Japan reminds you of this vehicle's racetrack-derived DNA. Sadly the cluster swap doesn't allow us to verify this car's mileage, but we know the performance gearheads likely won't care. Acceleration is impressive and the mid-range and top-end power can be a bit addictive. The Mark II will happily oblige you with a reckless driving ticket as it just seems to keep accelerating above 70mph so caveat emptor. The suspension offers a good balance of refinement and performance. The long wheelbase is ideal for high-speed stability and the Tein adjustable coilovers allow for better cornering performance than the stock dampers while lowering the fender gap to improve the cosmetic appeal. To give this JZX90 a bit of a refresh, one of our trained techs has replaced the front tie rods and lower ball joints with a new set. For those who plan to daily drive or hit the road immediately for a road trip, brand new Falken Ziex rubber has been mounted and balanced at all four corners. The new rubber quiets down the cabin noise and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip. If you need to reel this Tourer V in from higher speeds, the brakes have been fully overhauled. New front pads, rotors, and calipers were replaced while it was up on the lift. It stops on a dime now, and the power steering is communicative and the Mark II happily goes wherever you point it!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.