1996 Mark II JZX100
Although legalized fairly recently, the once abundant supply of manual transmission JZX100's is decreasing by the minute. Examples like this 1996 Mark II are some of our favorite sport sedans, and should be considered before this beloved chassis goes the way of the dinosaur. Sporting a Silver Metallic (199) exterior, the visuals on this one were kept relatively stock in its prior Japanese life. Thus the paint shows no discernible defects outside of some light scuffs, chips, and dings from 25 years of daily use. Accentuated by an OEM low-rise wing, a prominent blast pipe exhaust, and sleek 17" alloys, the rest of the aesthetics look good to boot. With a scant only 41k verified/documented miles on the clock, it's easy to see why this saloon is in such good shape. Underpinned by Toyota's formidable 1JZ-GTE and riding on aftermarket coilovers, this Mark II checks all the boxes. Spacious, capable, and sufficiently sporty, this JZX100 is as Japanese Classic as you can get.
The prior X90's cockpit was a difficult one to improve on, yet the interior of this 100 feels like a completely different beast. For starters, the factory seating benefitted from more bolstering, and the fabric was upgraded to a more modern sport cloth as well. Dual front and side SRS airbags were standard, and the driver benefitted from a tilt and telescoping steering column, headlight adjustment controls, and digital automatic climate control within arms reach. For those in more seasonal climates, Cold A/C and hot heat are on tap when needed, and a modern touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and Android Auto is framed by a trick OEM carbon trim. The previous owner went through the legwork of upgrading the interior lighting to all LED units, which also modernizes the interior a bit. The dash is trimmed in a soft touch black vinyl and lacks any serious cracks, UV fading, or unwanted distortion. The rest of the upholstery is in equally good nick, down to the carpets and headliner! Power windows, power folding mirrors, and power locks are all easily accessible should you want to drive this one daily and work like a charm. Even a power moonroof rapidly unfurls to allow some extra ventilation to enter the cabin. The rear bench has ample room for three additional passengers, and the trunk serves up a surprising amount of additional cargo space for running errands. Overall, there's not much left to be desired with the interior on this one, and if you can see past some distortion around the defrost vents the next owner should be more than satisfied with its condition.
Once equipped with a lowly naturally aspirated 1JZ and automatic slushbox, this Mark II Tourer S underwent a hefty upgrade in Japan to full "Tourer V" spec. This not only includes the turbocharged, VVT-i 1JZ, but a 5 speed manual gearbox as well. As this combination was offered standard in the chassis, the swap fits like a glove, and drivability is no different. Additionally, our trained technicians have completed some key maintenance in house to ensure you'll be ready to turn the key and rip this superb sled from day one. The first order of business was a new 12v battery, which was also installed to properly test the alternator. As it turns out, a new alternator was needed, and she runs right as rain after the new unit was installed. An oil and filter service was performed to keep this one well lubricated, and we've even installed a fresh fuel filter as well. Under acceleration, this one is a riot, and the Greddy front mount intercooler and dual blast pipes out the rear do a lot to increase this 1J's auditory response. Shifts through the 5 speed manual transmission are smooth, and power is hammered down to both rear wheels without issue thanks to new rear differential bushings. We did want to note a light 3rd gear grind, and we've priced the vehicle accordingly for the next owner to budget for the repair. The coilover suspension is plenty compliant without being overly stiff, and we've even replaced both front lower ball joints and a left rear knuckle bushing to shore up the drivetrain a bit. The brakes bite hard and do a swell job at slowing this drift taxi to a screeching halt, and the new Falken rubber grips strong and should keep road noise down for tens of thousands of fun-filled miles to come!
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