1994 Toyota (Lexus) Soarer GT-T
Exceedingly rare and fast 2.5 litre twin sequential turbo example in super order with digi-dash showing just 57,000Km; recent timing belt and good history from two caring UK owners
Dating from July 1994 this really rather rare to see Lexus Soarer Coupe comes to us in desirable 2.5 GT-T spec and is finished in Light Silver/Blue (1AO) and sits upon a set of polished lip 18” staggered fitment alloy wheels with black spokes.
Under the handsome bonnet we find Toyota’s legendary 1JZ-GTE six-cylinder engine in 2.5 litre capacity with twin turbos which work in parallel (unlike the sequential turbos in the Supra or RX7) giving massive torque right from the onset of the boost. Power was officially 280Bhp and 363NM of torque in-line with Japanese manufacturer guidelines (the Gentleman’s agreement) but in reality were much higher (usually c.320Bhp, as with the Supras and Skylines all rated at 280 but in reality 326 for the Supra for example).
Power is sent to the rear wheels via four-speed automatic transmission with O/D and ‘Power’ modes, and as a result performance is strong, with huge low down grunt and over-taking prowess with a very JDM throaty exhaust note typical of the 1JZ and 2JZ engines. Here we also find fitment of MkIV Supra downpipe and custom stainless exhaust system with 4.5” bore and single exit on the passenger side but there are no mods to the engine and it has not been remapped.
Inside of this GT-TL spec example we find grey cloth seats with blue pinstripe with electric adjustment, wood trim, digital climate control with air conditioning, traction control, wind deflectors, electric windows, electric folding mirrors, after market Alpine head unit with remote control, fitment of a boost gauge and a wonderful digital dashboard, which considering the era/age of the car is fantastic. A particularly ingenious feature are the articulated door hinges which move the doors forward as they open to improve access in tight parking spaces.
The car shows just 57,567Km which equates to only 35,770 miles – the car having seen only three UK owners, the first was the importer (a specialist, Aptas Auto Network Ltd) who sourced the car to meet the specific requirements of the buyer, the 2nd owner who loved the car for the next 14 years and then the third, a good friend of the former owner who has also loved the car for the last 12 months forming part of his JDM Collection, already knowing the car well.
The car was sourced as a low KM example of Auction grade 4 in Japan (highly rated) with BIMTA certificate on file to confirm the KM at Import and imported accordingly in September 2007 and MOT’d showing just 26,654Km (16,562 miles).
In addition to normal routine maintenance using OE parts and recommended lubricants (Motul) the car was treated to a reconditioned alternator, reconditioning of the viscous fan, dash repaired with new capacitors and delete of the reverse bleeper. More recently, the car has been treated to a full service including new plugs, timing belt renewal and brake fluid change.
The history file includes a record of the above works including a 33-page file produced by the long term owner for the current owner detailing the car and works undertaken with narrative, detail, photos of the car, photos of the repairs and also of the car in Japan on purchase. The car is pictured here wearing Supra alloy wheels which have since been removed.
The history file also includes the current V5C, old V5C, current MOT valid until January 2023 recording just two minor advisories for front number plate deterioration and service brake binding. In addition, we also find the Sigma alarm/immob installation certificate and booklet, BIMTA certificate of authenticity, Import and customs docs, DVLA registration docs, 13 old MOTs, bills for parts (many from Toyota main dealers) and works undertaken. We also note inclusion of the original owner’s pack in Japanese with service book and spare key blade. The car comes with 3 keys in addition and 2 fobs.
Ready to be enjoyed, this is a rare and very fast car that offers seating for four, sleek lines and great investment potential given what it is, and what engine it has. Very interesting indeed.
Buyers please note, the vendor has the original 16" alloy wheels with correct Griffin badges available by separate negotiation post-sale.
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