Weekly Treasure: 1995 Toyota Mark II Tourer V

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Why buy a new Camry or Avalon when there's this?

Japan has all sorts of awesome locally-built cars, trucks, and SUVs that were never sold in North America and, in many cases, nowhere else. Fortunately, it's possible to import many of these JDM delights once the 25-year ban expires, and there are many US-based companies dedicated entirely to that. One of them is Michigan-based JDM Sport Classics that has this ridiculously awesome 1995 Toyota Mark II Tourer V up for sale.

Why do we love this semi-old school Toyota sedan? Well, let's just take a look at the specs. Power comes from a 2.5-liter twin-turbo inline-six (1JZ-GTE) engine rated at 280 horsepower. Enthusiasts are well aware of this engine's incredible mid-range power. A four-speed automatic directs that power to the rear wheels only. The speedometer reads just 65,259 miles.

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Other mechanical features include an HKS intake and an aftermarket strut brace. The adjustable Bridgestone NPG coilovers give the sedan a better ride height and its previous owner also added unique wheels while still maintaining a very handsome exterior appearance. The body is painted in a gorgeous Indigo Pearl which is actually an aftermarket color. What's original, however, is the still-functioning keyless entry. Oftentimes, these systems die out following 25+ years of use. It just goes to show how well this example has been maintained.

The interior is also in remarkably wonderful shape. And yes, that's fake wood trim on the dashboard. There's also an upgraded GPS navigation screen. Other convenience features like the power windows and locks work without issues.

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The Toyota Mark II dates back to 1968 when it was originally a compact sedan. Like many vehicles, over the years it increased in size and was classified as a midsize. It was ultimately discontinued in 2007 with the ninth-generation. The fifth-gen you're looking at launched in 1992 and was the first Mark II to be classified as a midsize. A total of five trims were available, but the Tourer V was probably the one to get thanks to its reinforced body, sport suspension, traction control, and ABS. Buyers could opt for a five-speed manual instead of the slushbox, and a limited-slip differential. Needless to say, the Mark II Tourer V became popular amongst drifters and tuners.

Today, Toyota has finally clued in that sedans can be sporty and fun to drive; the Camry TRD and Avalon TRD are proof, but this Mark II Tourer V is definitely cheaper, priced at $14,495.

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