1997 Toyota Sprinter Trueno
Toyota's AE111 Sprinter is a true dark horse amongst similarly spec'd imports. Offering performance akin to Honda's legendary Type R at roughly half the cost, the Trueno definitely deserves a look, and boasts steadfast Toyota reliability to boot! Our 1997 BZ-G model is a fantastic example of this compact coupe and has accumulated a scant 88k verified/documented miles over the years. Finished in Toyota's Super White, the sleek styling was a massive design departure from the angular model that preceded it. Aside from a few stone chips, dings, scratches, and a scuff on the rear bumper, the exterior shows nicely for a 25-year-old vehicle. A Trueno-specific front end provides just enough flavor to keep the exterior interesting, and with a classic set of Black Racing wheels on all four corners the looks certainly stack up to the rest of Toyota's iconic 90's lineup. With a powerhouse 4A-GE Blacktop under the hood and a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, this Sprinter is just at home on the touge as it is on American tarmac. Reliable, responsive, and road-ready, this terrific Trueno has the heart of a true Japanese Classic.
The interior is clean, comfortable, and features the same cockpit-oriented styling that defined Toyota in its golden era. With features like Dual SRS airbags as standard, your passengers will surely appreciate, not only the quality, but the safety of the cabin as well. Trimmed in an eye-catching patterned red cloth interior, the materials show well, with the seat and door card fabric lacking any notable wear outside of the driver's side seat bolster. The sweeping low profile dash centers around the driver. The dashboard itself is in great shape, resisting cracking, peeling, or any notable UV damage over the years. The lower portion is trimmed in a complementary gloss black, and houses a fully functional automatic climate control unit, amongst other amenities. The climate control layout is simple and easy to use, blowing ice-cold A/C and toasty heat on demand. Below lies a period-correct Eclipse audio upgrade which functions well despite being a tad dated. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column, and power windows, locks, and power mirrors are all readily available for some added accessibility behind the wheel. The back seats are in equally as good condition, although not optimal for hauling around the whole family. Regardless, this Toyota was really designed to serve the driver, and aside from some wear on the headliner and driver's seat, we don't think you'll have any complaints. We even kept the factory carpeted floor mats, spare, and tool kit handy to please any die-hard Toyota enthusiast.
Under the bonnet, the aforementioned 4A-GE 20v engine steals the show. Producing a stout 160hp from factory, these 5-valve-per-cylinder monsters take quite well to modifications and are simple to service as well! This punchy 1.6 four-banger fires up with the twist of a key, care of a new 12v battery, and happily whirrs at idle. The factory ITBs make for a lovely soundtrack that sings at higher RPMs, and is intoxicating. We've performed a fresh oil and filter change and this motor is freshly lubricated and ready to rock! Acceleration is potent, and power-to-weight is where this Trueno really shines. While this would make a fantastic compact commuter, this AE111's home is on the backroad twisties and a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission allows you to grab gears at ease and rev happily to redline, letting the individual throttle bodies wail! The suspension is direct and plenty agile, and the brakes have no issue stopping this zippy coupe on a dime. We've even installed new hubs and rotors in the rear, and put new pads on the front to ensure you won't have any issues when carving canyons. Lastly, our trained technicians mounted and balanced four new Falken tires, sure to deliver plenty of grip in all conditions.
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