1994 Toyota Mark II

Sold: $13,495

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Stock Number: 4289

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. Finished in Toyota's Dark Green Mica (6N2) the hue has a very subtle gray/green metallic flake. Especially once you get it out into the sun when the flake can really pop. While this is a 25 year old car you would never guess it. The paint looks fantastic and the body is nearly ding free. It's not often that you find a full-size sedan that's been maintained this well when you live in a major city. Toyotas stylist created a timeless design with the wrap-around headlamps, thinly curved tails, flowing roofline, even down to the updated kouki grille. To protect the rear bumper body-colored rubber guards were fitted on both edges.

The interior of the Mark II has been well cared for and it shows. When you're dealing with 25-30 year old cars you can never call them perfect, they were routinely driven cars not sitting in a bubble after all. However, at only 24K verified miles this is one of the cleanest interiors we've come across, especially when you consider this was a family sedan. The seats all show hardly any signs of use. The driver's seat has a touch of wear on the bolster with one small puncture and that's about the only thing to report. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue with these. The same goes for the door panels, with no abnormal 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 windows, folding mirrors, automatic climate control, auto headlights lights, all of which are operating as they should. It even has some clever non-powered features like a built-in trash can. As a more luxurious sport sedan, it naturally has automatic climate control for your daily commute.

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 surprisingly is surprisingly quiet in stock trim. 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 automatic transmission sends the power to the back wheels the way a proper saloon should. And while many hate on the automatics, this transmission is shockingly good. It's ideal when cruising around town or making your normal commute, but when you want to get around someone it's quick to respond. The shifts are crisp, and you don't have a massive delay when waiting for it to transition. The stock suspension is more than sufficient and leaves you with plenty of space to never worry about ground clearance. This platform is ideal for those after a proper daily driver that still has gobs of untapped potential. One of the most underrated platforms out there, don't sleep on this Mark II.

*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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