1997 Toyota JZX100 Tourer V
The JZX100 may be one of the most desirable and anticipated imports to have hit the shores here stateside thus far. Beloved by the drifting community, tuners, and collector car enthusiasts alike, this platform has earned its reputation as one of the best mid-size sedans Toyota has ever produced. This 1997 Toyota Mark II Tourer V features both aesthetic and mechanical upgrades and is boasting only 90k verified and documented miles. Finished in a fresh coat of Toyota's Alpine Silver Metallic (199) the Tourer V looks as good as it drives thanks to the optional OEM front lip, side skirts, rear lip, and sporty Advan AVS T7 wheels. Additionally, adjustable OEM HID headlights are on hand, along with a set of optional OEM rain guards for those who care about the details. The exterior panels are in great shape aside from a few minor dings and scuffs. Notable repairs in Japan note a replacement front right fender but given this Mark II’s appearance it was a mere flesh wound. This reliable, spacious, and easily serviceable JDM platform is about as good as it gets, and definitely deserves the designation of a Japanese Classic.
Once inside the cabin, you’ll notice Toyota complemented the Tourer V with the racy carbon accents, which coincidentally all age to an awesome carbon kevlar appearance. The seats are finished in a black and grey cloth that has held up well over the years showing no notable wear on the bolsters. The seats are comfortable on long trips and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The door panels are in equally good condition with only light discoloration on the driver's side and are free of any cuts or tears. The matching fabric inserts and headliner look great as well showing no peeling or sagging. The dash has no major UV damage, distortion, or cracks and houses a passenger-side SRS airbag. The steering wheel has been upgraded to an aftermarket carbon MOMO wheel and the adjustable steering column can help the driver find their optimal driving position. The digital automatic climate control works great and provides hot heat and cold A/C on demand. The oscillating swing center vents still work properly and show that even modern cars have a thing or two to learn from these classics. The power windows, locks, and mirrors all function, except for the power-folding feature which is currently inoperable. The factory audio system still functions as it should, providing crisp and clear sound throughout the cabin. It’s clear to us this JZX100 was well cared for in a prior life and even includes its original carpeted floor mats, owner’s manuals, and a spare key to boot.
The over-engineered drivetrain and near 50/50 weight distribution are part of what makes the JZX100 so trusted by the tuning community. The Tourer V models were offered with a 1JZ-GTE and this one has had an OEM R154 manual transmission installed at some point ditching the automatic gearbox. The swap was done well featuring a twin disk clutch that grabs properly and is surprisingly predictable compared to others we’ve seen. The 1JZ fires to life quickly thanks to a new 12v battery. It settles into a smooth idle and the sound emitted from the cat back exhaust and Apexi intake are sure to stimulate your ears on your morning commute. Our trained technicians installed new valve cover gaskets, before performing the oil and filter service, insuring this 2.5L stays topped up on oil. While on our lift brand new differential bushings were installed to make sure the driveline could hold the power without worry all the way to redline. The factory traction control has been bypassed making this Mark II permanently set on party mode. The power assisted steering is nearly effortless and the aftermarket Tein coilover suspension is predictable, while also being adjustable to dial in your desired ride height. Additionally, brand-new tires have been mounted and balanced on all four corners delivering plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*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.