1996 Chaser Tourer V
Toyota's JZX100 was a platform served up in a variety of flavors, and this manual transmission equipped 1997 Chaser Tourer V is arguably the most desirable of the bunch. Sporting the brand's refreshed 1JZ-GTE VVTi engine and a comfortable yet accessible interior, the X100 Chaser is one of the most definitive Japanese Classics to come out of the late 1990s. Finished in Diamond White Pearl (051) the exterior on this one definitely sets it apart from other commuter traffic. Accentuated by Chaser-specific bodywork, and a highly sought-after factory 3 piece lip kit, this Tourer V has OEM+ looks that kill, with aftermarket coilovers and 17" mesh alloy wheels rounding off the exterior equipment. Sporting only 105k verified/documented miles on the clock this Turbo Toyota is just getting broken in, and shows no major defects aside from some light scuffs, chips, and dings associated with day to day use and a missing badge on the front grille. For a future investment, weekend driver, or day to day transporter this Chaser truly checks all the boxes, and looks good doing it!
Based on the interior alone, the JZX100 does a swell job at masking its true racecar underpinnings. The comfortable striped cloth bucket seats certainly don't exude sportiness although they do make for quite the plush seating surface. The upholstery shows extremely well, with no notable defects on the seats or matching door card fabric, and the remainder of the interior materials aren't too worse for the wear either, save for some light nicks on the door cards. The dash is trimmed in black vinyl and houses dual SRS airbags, and side airbags are also at the ready to ease the mind of any safety-conscious passengers. The driver benefits from a tilt and telescoping steering column, and a leather-wrapped TRD shift knob makes gear changes a bit more comfortable. The lower dash trim is an attractive, yet lightly faded, carbon kevlar look material, typical of Tourer V's of this vintage, and shows no cracks or peeling to note. Nestled in the center stack is an Eclipse audio headunit and a fully functional digital automatic climate control unit. With the ability to rapidly cycle between cold A/C and hot heat, this cabin can adapt to any temperature, and the factory oscillating vents sweeten the deal even more. As expected from any well-equipped touring sedan, power windows, power-folding mirrors, and power locks are all in good operation and make daily driving a bit easier for all. The headliner and carpets are in good nick, and we've even retained the factory spare and owner's manual to further protect this classic investment!
Under the hood, the 1JZ-GTE sits loud and proud in its refreshed VVT-i form. Fresh off a recent service by our trained technicians, this one is ready to lay down some miles on our stateside tarmac, and we've done a bit of preventative maintenance to give this one the green light for the road ahead. A new engine air filter and fuel filter protect this 1J from any unwanted contaminants, and she cranks over swiftly care of a new 12v battery. Acceleration is impressive, and the twin scroll turbocharger rockets you to highway speeds at the snap of a finger. Toyota purists will appreciate the lack of aftermarket modification in the engine bay, this one is truly a blank canvas to build to your own specification. The 5 speed manual gearbox feels at home in this chassis, despite being a swapped unit, and the gear selector grabs gears smoothly without issue. The drivetrain has received some much needed maintenance, and we've installed new front upper and lower ball joints to keep this one handling predictably. New front caster arm bushings were also installed. Coupled with the aftermarket coilovers, this one handles and rides quite smoothly despite the rather aggressive stance. Power is hammered down to the rear wheels without issue and the brakes bite hard if you need to come to an abrupt halt. To cap things off, four new tires were mounted and balanced on each corner to ensure you'll have grip that's as reliable as the powerplant above it!
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