No, this isn’t some salvage titled fixer upper plastered together with bondo and sold at the nearest Buy-Here-Pay-Here-Surprise-Repo lot. This is a MKIV Toyota Supra with a twin turbo 2JZ-GTE and a manual transmission, way less than any others on the market - because it may need a few small things.
This 1994 Toyota Supra likely started life as a stock market yuppie’s plaything. Its smooth curves and enormous rear fender humps still command an insane premium to this very day - except that when this car was new, it wasn’t the venerable twin turbocharged, 320 horsepower monster that everyone nowadays is crawling through broken glass to get. No, this was the naturally aspirated 222-horsepower near-beer version.
However, some time between 1994 and 2015, the engine was changed to the USDM 2jz-GTE with all the ponies associated with it. Neat.
The downside was that the manual transmission - a relatively rare option on this model - was left as the stock W58 5-speed that most Toyota enthusiasts know to be particularly fragile, especially with power levels greater than stock. The clean titled, running and driving car currently stands at just under $20,000 - which is a bit above fair market value for a clean naturally aspirated example, but much less than any manual version with a twin turbo engine.
While the car is used and has a few cosmetic imperfections along with it needing a new clutch relatively soon, if the swap was performed using OEM components and you can source the Getrag 6-speed transmission and differential for $4-5000, this car would be almost identical to an original twin turbo 6-speed car and you’d be able to profit on top of whatever you’ve put into it. Here’s an excerpt from the description:
This is an Na- TT engine swap done at a Toyota dealership by the previous owner/toyota mechanic. Engine is from a usdm supra with ~60k miles (body 134k) . All parts are OE Toyota. Lots of upgrades. Currently boosts to 14-15psi. About 6000 miles after the motor tear down and swap done. Very responsive and no turbo lag. Clutch was upgraded but may not hold every time in 5th over 5k rpm, no issues under normal driving conditions.
A/C Blows Cold
Synthetic oil change done 08/07/15
K&N intake with heat shield
TRD strut bar
Blitz Front mount intercooler
Blitz Nur Exhaust
HKS blow off valve
4 point harness (Original seatbelts are still mounted and usable)
Tan interior swapped to Black, with sound deadening liners rolled on and then the Eastwood laid, New black carpet
Full spare and jack kit in hatch. Carpet in great condition. Tonneau cover included.
Upgraded Brake Pads
Targa seals replaced
EGR, Cruise control and Traction control removed
Fender just repaired and resprayed with PPG to remove a dent on the lip that had surface rust
For the money, if you can deal with the fact that the car isn’t “numbers matching” and isn’t the version with the extremely stout and expensive transmission, it’s one of the better Supras out there - especially with the red/black color combo that I’m particularly partial to. At the time of writing, no one has bid and there’s about a day left. Either no one has seen this listing, or it’s gonna be a sniper’s paradise when the last seconds roll around.
In either case, I’ll watch this listing closely and so should you.
Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.