Shed Of The Week

Now here’s something you rarely see on UK roads.

Yes its a Toyota, but don't let the badge fool you
Yes its a Toyota, but don't let the badge fool you
You may actually be wondering if this is a Lexus or a Toyota. Well officially, the third generation (Z30) Soarer is a Lexus SC – 300 or 400, depending on what’s cooking under the bonnet. The sleek coupe was designed by Toyota in the early 90s to launch a new luxury division outside of Japan known as Lexus. Anyone know how these ‘Lexi’ got on?

The car remained on sale in Japan as a Toyota and both versions only reached UK shores via grey importers. Finding one therefore, is a suitably tricky job. Finding a well kept one is even

Look at that interior! You want it, don't you?
Look at that interior! You want it, don't you?
harder, which is why the office went all wide-eyed at the sight of this 1991 Toyota-badged version.

At £1,000 it hits our shed budget on the nail, and offers both a refined a fairly rapid driving experience. The 4.0-litre V8 was only available with a four-speed automatic, but this was quick to function and fairly intuitive. Thanks to Toyota build quality, mechanicals lasted forever too. Don’t be fooled by this car’s gallactical mileage, we reckon it probably has the legs to do at least another 100k. And have you ever seen a cleaner cabin than this?

Exclusivity doesn’t have to cost the earth either – a lot of this car’s suspension, brakes and engine parts were shared with the MkIV Supra, making them relatively easy and inexpensive to source. Go on admit it, you’re running out of excuses aren’t you?

4.0-litre V8 provides plenty of poke
4.0-litre V8 provides plenty of poke


1991 H Reg Toyota Soarer 4.0 Coupe (trade)

220,000 miles, Automatic,GREEN

2 Doors, Automatic, Coupe, Petrol, 220,000 miles, Metallic Green. airconditioning, power steering, Radio CD, Service history, ABS, Adjustable steering column/wheel, Alloy wheels, Central locking, Cloth upholstery, Driver airbag, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable seats, Head restraints, Park distance control, Rear headrests. THIS CAR IS IN IMMACULATE CONDITION, DOES NOT USE OIL AND DRIVES LIKE A DREAM. £1,000

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  • Road_Terrorist 17 Aug 2007

    Damn that is good value

  • sprinter885 17 Aug 2007

    Road_Terrorist said:
    Damn that is good value

  • Panayiotis 17 Aug 2007

    If only it was the turbo 6 version, those things are animals with a simple bit of tinkering, comfy too

  • smele 17 Aug 2007

    Parts and Availablity come to mind. But looks like a lot of shed for the money. Ideal for drifting.

  • ronaldinho 17 Aug 2007

    Worth buying if you're a Hibs fan!

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