’94 Toyota Soarer JZZ30
While the first generation of the Lexus SC is a familiar face here in the US, like always we were only offered the watered down version. Back home in Japan Toyota was busy stuffing turbocharged monster motors in to just about everything with four wheels; this '94 Soarer being no exception. The JZZ30 is the ultimate blend of both luxury and performance. Back in 1991 the JZZ30 debuted in Japan as one of the more extravagant Grand Tourers of it's time. With it's sleek and sophisticated styling it has proven to be an iconic design for years to come. This particular vehicle has taken things up a notch to better utilize the fantastic platform that Toyota envisioned. A full custom BN Sport kit was fitted and shaved to give it a full one off look. The FRP kit fits well, however like all aftermarket bumpers it's not as perfect as a factory designed one would be. The fitment of the headlights is slightly off, and as can be seen in the pictures, but nothing severe or out of the ordinary. To better fit the wheel wells a a killer set of 19" Work Euroline LS tuck in nicely and give the more aggressive look that this car demands. Naturally the stock ride height was a bit excessive so things have been dialed in to a more appropriate stance compliments of Tein coilovers. Based off the engine bay it appears that the car was resprayed when the kit was fitted in order to prevent and shade variations. The Renaissance Red (3L2) looks great though and fits the sportier vibe of the Soarer much better than the generic white and silver you so frequently see these in. Free of any major dents or dings the body lines flow great from one end to the other.
The interior has received some aftermarket touches to make it a bit more practical. The driver's seat was replaced in favor of a much more supportive Recaro reclinable bucket. The seat has been exceptionally well maintained, as typically these are prone to bolster wear from getting in and out over the years. The rest of the OEM charcoal seats show just as well as the Recaro does, free of any notable stains or tears. Overall the cabin has been well preserved for it's age with only minimal wear and tear from routine use. The factory wheel was replaced with an aftermarket deep dish three spoke that could easily be replaced down the line with it's new owner. The factory digital gauge cluster shines brightly with no dead pixels. While the cluster reads 80K miles they have not been verified. Toyota's digital clusters were prone to being replaced early on which is what we suspect was the case with this one. The automatic climate control functions great with the A/C operating as it should. However the display for this has begun to dim some along the lower half so it is a little challenging to read. Otherwise all of the power accessories are doing their job just as they did when it left the factory.
Under the hood is really what separates the Soarer from the SC300/400. The powerful 2.5L twin turbo is definitely the best engine for the chassis. The 1JZ-GTE fires right up and pulls hard to redline. A HKS open filter really lets the turbo's sing. Out back is a full custom exhaust that absolutley screams when you get into boost. The 1JZ has such a distinct tone, it's almost intoxicating. A Cusco strut tower brace was added to help mitigate chassis flex under the long bonnet. Adding to the desirability of the JZZ30 is the rare factory optioned 5 speed manual R154. Coupled to the 1JZ makes this a bulletproof drivetrain to send power to the rear wheels. The clutch engages smoothly and rowing through the gears is an absolute blast. As with all of our vehicles the Soarer has been fully inspected by our trained technicians. While here it received four new tires, fuel pump and sock, a fresh set of plugs, a new battery, along with the routine oil and filter change. Mechanically this thing is ready to roll, and roll it does. This car makes all the right noises with the power to back it up. You really can't go wrong with a proper GT car that has the ability to pull daily duty just as easily as it slides.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.