Bang for the buck is a tough thing to ignore when you are considering the perfect JDM car. With many enthusiasts willing to pay nearly six figures for a clean MKIV Supra, the MKIII offers tremendous performance and a slew of impressive factory options all at a fraction of the price. Fitted with a silky smooth 2.5L turbo six and manual transmission this 1991, with only 82K verified miles, is eager to start eating up American pavement. Finished in Black (202) sets off the angular bodywork and silver Work Equip wheels, giving the Supra as tons of curb appeal. The body is in good shape overall sans the normal etching in the clear coat and some rear bumper scuffs, however no major dents or scratches are otherwise noted. Neat touches retained by the prior owner include the tinted rear spoiler, OEM rain guards, and even the factory carpet mats!
When entering the cockpit, it is apparent that the Supra was the pinnacle of Toyota's line of sporty cars. Beginning with the laundry list of features that all still function including digital dash, power sunroof, powered seats, and retractable, powered mirrors. Its angular dash is in good shape, lacking any cracks or large blemishes. Everything is very driver focused, and the controls for cruise, climate, and switch gear are all close by. The vehicles sold in Limited trim came with some tasty interior bits, which deserve to be mentioned. The trick digital dash is neat, but the seats are really the high water mark on the Limited. Leather and suede trimmed buckets, which have retained their bolstering nicely, are in above average shape. On long cruises, the lumbar support is premium, and the rear of the vehicle looks largely unused. The shift boot and steering wheel have normal leather wear, but otherwise the cabin is impressive. The carpets and door cards are in good shape, and the black headliner doesn't sag and looks unblemished.
The secret sauce of these rear drive coupes is the R154 manual transmission, and a high output 1JZ-GTE. Thanks to a new 12V battery, the inline six fires right up. This motor is not just know for its aftermarket tuning capabilities, as the bi-turbo mill makes gobs of torque with light power adders. The polished Blitz catback exhaust adds deeper growl, and the cone filter intake really intensifies the noise of the factory twin turbochargers. The hearty power plant sails through the RRM band without a bauble, and the five speed transmission rows through the gears without a hitch.The steering is direct, however, its weighted on the heavier side. The suspension feels well sorted and handles small and large bumps with ease. New inner and outer tie rods have been done to keep the chassis sorted. The brakes take hold quickly, and this Supra does feature ABS in case of emergency. Four new tires have been mounted and balanced by our expert techs, and the all season rubber ensures great traction in the wet and dry. Lastly, a fresh oil service ensures no maintenance is needed for another three thousand miles.
Toyota's third generation Supra performs like few cars do. The brutal acceleration, confident handling, and well sorted interior and chassis make it a Japanese Classic. This turn-key JZA70 needs nothing more than a new owner, and would make for a compelling daily driver or weekend track toy.