Yep, I reckon it's time to jump into a little more detail on this one. Something I'd mentioned in another post recently. Something that'd occasionally made an appearance on the Instagram page. A future, down-the-line, eventually-I'll-get-to-it project I've had packed away for over 12months now.
I'd actually known about this car for a solid 12months before that too, having watched it come into the country through my usual parts importer, then deteriorate as it was slowly parted out for all its painfully (and unfortunately) valuable components.
I had absolutely no need for it obviously (who the hell would?!), but it killed me to see it fade away. A ridiculous widebody JZA80 was just about at rock-bottom in terms of desirability at the time; but if I could just put it away for a while... well cool's cool, its time will come again. Even if I did absolutely nothing with it, those extra few years could very well make the difference between having the kit drilled off with the rest sent for scrap, and the possibility of a return to its former glory. Seriously.
Why bother though?
Well even as the otherwise-valueless stripped remains of a Supra, it had some appeal.
The car itself was as good as Supras got in '93 (a genuine RZ twin-turbo, six-speed, big diff, big brake, 3L2 red hardtop - from the launch year) and had an interesting history; but was also essentially a straight rust-free body that had traveled less than 100,000km/60,000mi - the chassis had many more years to give yet!
So a high-end bodykit on what was a sound original RZ? That's a great base for a properly wild project...
From the 1993 Japanese-market Supra brochure - the 3L2 JZA80 Toyota Supra RZ that's beneath the decades (and inches!) of fibreglass above..
The interior largely still as it is today. Sadly that 360km/h Do-Luck cluster was sold along with the driveline..
The evolution to a near-seven-foot-wide monster..
Abflug. It is the less common (and not typically copied) of two similar widebody kits they still sell for the JZA80/MKIV Toyota Supra - the Zefi:r (the other being the S900).
It consists of a FRP front bumper, front fenders, door panels (mounting over the original door), side skirts, rear over fenders, rear spoiler, rear bumper, and a carbon-fibre diffuser. The classic Abflug cooling bonnet/hood is an extra, as are the refinished headlamps with the Abflug inserts and clear lenses.
a prominent Supra dealer in Chiba in late 2013.
There looked to have been a handful of minor changes in the years between (indicators, roof spoiler, smaller interior details..), but still looked to be in fantastic shape..
18months later however...
There's damage to the lip, some awful skinny tyres, and an ugly badge on the nose. For some reason it has also gained an Aragosta (suspension) banner on the windscreen - a little odd when the car had those coilovers fitted years earlier..
I had expressed my intentions to save the thing by now, so got it up on the lift and had a really good look over what was left. I was certainly surprised to see how nice it was underneath! Great floors, straight rails, sills, seams, and a chance to appreciate how well (and the work involved!) those rear guards had been fitted.
Let's do it. Get it back together, clean it up, and put it away. I can do something with this..
A set of standard Supra Bilsteins replace the flash Aragosta coilovers, which combined with a set of spacesavers will at least get the car high enough for transport - a nightmare in itself.
Why the epic ride height? Why the space-savers?
As I said.. transport for this thing is an absolute nightmare.
Let's look at these two pictures again:
..as you can see, the kit is designed with a *very* specific ride-height in mind: LOW.
With the wheel-arches wrapping around the wheels so damn thoroughly, not only does it look tragic when these aren't centered, but the wheels will quickly contact the lower guard sections when raised. Urgh.
Now look at those epic front and rear overhangs. Picture the comical approach and departure angles. Not ideal.
No matter how hard I looked, at almost 2100mm wide (and so low on the body) car trailers were out of the question. So a flatbed it was.. and obviously needed to be somewhat simple.
The pizza-cutting space-savers mount in a much larger part of the wheel well, working with the stock suspension to give enough height to work with. It'll frighten people in traffic, but it'll do!
Seriously, that feeling when I raised those 345s into those epic rear arches; seeing the room to spare. Unghf.
It's the amazement and wonder I had with my humongous 350/700-19 ex-Super-Silhouette SSR mesh years ago, turned a damn reality. Dreams. I can finally be bitter that 400-wide tyres aren't a thing, as this would happily take a square-shouldered tyre on that 19x15"!
Ignoring the ride height (please, do your best), the brakes, and the whole complete-lack-of-drivetrain thing; it was honestly heartwarming to see this thing clean once again - on the road to recovery..
The plate added for a bit of visual legitimacy. How could I not when the combination was available?! Knowing the amount of custom plates I've ordered over the years (you one-off-purchase these combinations in my state), yikes, I may have an issue..
Still, I'm a fan.. and am amazed someone managed to pilot this mammoth thing with mirrors the size of postage stamps!
Gauges gone, bits missing, and that flogged old Momo Race wheel and confetti Recaro.
Not a whole lot of miles has meant the rest of the interior is actually in somewhat decent shape otherwise (good carpet, doorcards, console, etc..); but an interior..? Pfff! These bits are ultimately unimportant according to my imagination..!
To repeat what I mentioned when posting the above pic on Instagram, for a bit of perspective:
"it's 100mm wider than a new LandCruiser, and 60mm wider than Lamborghini's Aventador - the widest production car currently on the market."Yeah.. it's wide.
While it's out of sight, it's certainly not out of mind. It's fun just to dream about the potential and possibilities for it.. having a base to create something really wild.
A hot 3S-GTE? A 1GZ-FE? Or a return to the iconic 2JZ? Painted up in Rubystone Red with a stripped and caged teal interior? Period-correct wheels widened to mind-melting specs? Yep, it's fun to dream...
I just have to save some pennies. Urgh. Look-out 2041..!