1995 Toyota Cresta

Sold: $14,495

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Stock Number: 4560

The Toyota JZX90 chassis is one of our personal favorites as it perfectly balances performance, usability, and comfort. Toyota had created a robust portfolio of performance vehicles by the early '90s. The legendary Supra was competing in the Japanese GTC while the Celica GT4 was tearing up the gravel around the globe in the WRC. Drawing from its racing success, Toyota slapped a twin-turbo straight 6 into a midsize sedan so the whole family could partake. Our latest offering has had some particularly nice upgrades not only to the looks but to impact the drive as well. A Full Vertex lip kit gives the rather subdued body a more aggressive kick in the pants. A Kanto Auto Works vented hood does hint at the power hiding below it while allowing excess heat to escape at the same time. The lip kit gets the car down to a more proper height in conjunction with the Tein coilovers. While the coilovers do cut down on the dreaded wheel gap they also help to cut out any unnecessary body roll as well. Rolling on new 18" bronze Stage Monroe wheels fit the performance sedan persona without being flashy. It's Polar Silver (199) paint looks fantastic and has a very subtle hint of flake in the direct sunlight. Based on the overall condition of the paint it feels safe to assume that the car was resprayed at some point, probably when the aero was added. The paint really doesn't have any issues to report and the body itself is in equally good shape barring your typical door ding or two. The aftermarket aero mates up well, but certainly not perfect. Then again, nothing ever fits as well as the original factory panels did.

Inside the cockpit, it becomes clear how much superior the quality of Toyota's soft-touch materials and plastics were compared to its rivals of the time. As in most '90s cars, Toyota's attention to build quality has remained intact, and this cabin is in above average condition. While generally stock it has had a few additions made over the years. Most notably the reclinable Bride Brix driver's seat. Overall the seat is in good condition with only minor wear to the bolster (which is to be expected with these) and is considerably more supportive than the stock seats. While the factory seats are quite comfortable they don't have the ability to keep you in place as well as the Bride does, all while not killing your back on longer drives. The passenger seat looks great, free of any noteworthy stains or tears, while the back seats look hardly ever used. In keeping with the aftermarket touches, a monster Blitz boost gauge was added below the dash with an Auto Gauge temp gauge atop the steering column. In order to keep an easier eye on these, a blacked-out Nardi tri-spoke takes the place of the stock wheel and feels great in the hand. The interior as a whole really is quite nice even by today's standards and is fitted with all of the power features you'd expect to find. Power windows, mirrors, automatic climate control, auto headlights lights, all operating as you'd expect.

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. Because of that a full one-off turbo-back exhaust was fitted to let the 1J sing its song unedited. If you haven't heard a 1J at full tilt then you're truly missing out; these 6 cylinders sound unlike anything else on the road. Since you don't want to leave the twins out an open-intake was fitting which lets the turbos chirp every time you lift off the throttle. And to make sure there's never a shortage of fresh air fed to them a massive Blitz front mount intercooler was neatly tucked in behind the front bumper. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. When you do need to bring it down from speed in a hurry the front brakes have been upgraded to a larger set of Celsior calipers and rotors. 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. While the cluster reads 15K miles it was not verified prior to leaving Japan so it is a true mileage unknown. A good deal of work has been performed in the shop to ensure that the Cresta is turn-key. Four fresh tires, a new front right upper control arm, along with a new electronic fan setup since these originally come with a hydraulic one. But that's not all, the bigger concerns like the timing belt and water pump along with a new serpentine belt and tensioner have been installed as well. This platform is ideal for those after a proper daily driver that still has gobs of untapped potential. Perhaps the closest thing to a Supra sedan, this Cresta is the ideal do-it-all vehicle. It is just as at home clipping an apex as it is taking a kid to school. The only thing lacking is a new driveway to call home.

*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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