1996 Toyota Mark II JZX100
The JZX100 was sold in Japan under a few different nameplates and with a few different engine options. What we have here is the highly potent, turbocharged model, which is the most desirable to own. This unmolested, one-owner, 1996 Mark II Tourer V boasts a mere 76K verified and documented miles, which is barely broken in for those who know about these silky smooth straight six power plants. Finished in Toyota's White Pearl Tricoat (057), and set off by a set of OEM Toyota rainguards, the body and paint are in excellent condition with only light chips, dings, and scuffs associated with normal use. This turn-key example was well taken care of in its prior life in Japan, and is fresh off a recent service here stateside. Whether you’re looking for a fast and reliable daily driver, or a fun family weekend cruiser, this JZX will not disappoint and is a true Japanese Classic.
Inside the spacious cabin, which can comfortably seat five, the black and gray cloth seats are plush and still soft to the touch. They are comfortable over long hauls and lack any major rips, stains, sun fade, or wear. The headliner and carpets also show extremely well, with no major stains or peeling of note. The driver benefits from power windows, power locks, and electric folding side mirrors, as well as a fully functioning audio system to supplement the purr of the 1J. Adding peace of mind for the driver, Toyota equipped the Mark II with dual front SRS airbags along with a tilt and telescoping steering column to allow for the perfect driving position. Impressively it even has dual side SRS airbags as well, which were uncommon for this time period. The safety features don't stop there, and for those who drive through poorly lit streets, the factory OEM HID adjustable headlamps are a welcome feature. The trunk is complete and retains its factory spare, jack, and tool kit. This is not to say the interior is perfect, the dash does show minor lifting around the defrost vents and small stress fractures on the radio screen. The carbon accents add some sportiness to the sedan's interior, and the digital auto climate control is fully functional, supplying hot heat and cold A/C making daily use quite enjoyable. For a 25-year-old classic this interior has held up well, and the new American owner will benefit from an original set of OEM floor mats, a Japanese maintenance booklet, and factory owners' manuals.
Under the hood sits the legendary 1JZ-GTE delivering a healthy 280hp to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. Known for its reliability, this inline-six is fresh off a recent oil and filter service and jumps to life with the turn of the key, thanks to a new 12v battery. To keep the inline-six operating flawlessly, we have had the ECU professionally rebuilt. Best of all, the JZX's new buyer even gets a lifetime warranty on the rebuild! Our trained technicians didn't stop there, and refreshed the 2.5L with new valve cover gaskets ensuring the JZ stays happy and topped up on oil. Acceleration from the 2.5L is impressive, and sustained highway driving is comfortable. The factory suspension delivers a predictable and balanced ride, soaking up potholes without hesitation. While cornering you will notice very little body roll, and with the addition of four new Falken tires, the car stays firmly planted to the road, with little to no cabin noise filtering through. New steering rack bushings keep the power-assisted steering precise, and the brake pedal feels firm and responsive thanks to brand new front brake rotors and pads. Don't miss this great example of one of the best sports sedans Japan has ever built, as it surely won't last long.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.