1995 Toyota Levin BZ-G
One of the more unheralded sports cars of the mid-1990s was the AE-111 chassis. Powered by a revvy four-banger with factory standard ITB's, this coupe boasts fantastic all-around performance and low cost of ownership. This 1995 Levin is finished in sleek Toyota Black (205). Aside from some minor dings, and chips associated with normal use, the body is in good shape and is adorned by some OEM rainguards and a set of silver Vaggio alloy wheels. At only 77k verified miles, this freshly serviced, and legally imported compact coupe would make for an autocross assassin or just a fun daily driver that will fly under the radar.
The cabin is simple, tidy, and ergonomic. The dash is in good nick and lacks any cracking or distortion. A few upgrades can be found around the cabin, but this example is largely original. These items are a Black Racing leather steering wheel and a RAZO shift knob. They give the interior a more sporty aesthetic and work with the blue, green, and gray cloth bucket seats. Additionally, a sliding center console was added at some point to make commuting more pleasurable and adds some needed storage. These wonderfully supportive seats are comfy on longer trips and lack any major rips, stains or tears. Through the twisties, they keep you pretty well battened down and are still soft to the touch. Other amenities include an adjustable steering column and electric windows, locks, and power-folding mirrors. All these work as they should and the driver even gets a dash-mounted pull-out cupholder. The automatic climate system is simple to use and includes air conditioning which currently blows nice and cold. The radio below it is no longer functioning but the sound of the ITBs while the 1.6L engine is spinning at 8k is much preferred sound anyhow. The interior is in good condition otherwise except for some scuffs and stains noted on the headliner. The door cards and carpets have been well cared for in Japan and the old owners even kept the original books in the glove box for some lucky American.
Just because a chassis is FWD doesn't mean it's not a riot to hoon around. This sublime chassis is propelled by Toyotas famed 1.6L 4A-GE. This 20 valve mill is fresh off an oil and filter service and cranks over promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The engine is an aural sensation, and the factory individual throttle bodies provide an incredible soundtrack. Mated to a notchy and direct feeling five-speed manual gearbox, the Levin accelerates well above its class (think Integra Type R), with the power feeding the front wheels. The gearbox shifts as it should, and a short shifter replaces the original linkage for those who are driving enthusiasts. The Levin corners tidily and the brakes feel more responsive than our average compact coupe. The steering is direct and power-assisted and the wheels are all wrapped in new all-season rubber. These tires will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and provide year-round premium grip.
*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