Modifying greatness has always been a challenge. Randomly slapping parts on such a car will almost certainly leave it in a state worse than if it'd simply been left alone. John took a conservative approach to modifications, one that leaves his MKIV arguably better for it. We might as well say so upfront: this is no quadruple-digit 2JZ of lore such as those you've likely seen gracing Turbo pages of past. No, this 2JZ retains its stock configuration bottom end, top end, twin turbos and all. Its modifications are subtle, but well chosen. Most noticeable are the 19-inch chrome Enkei wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero ZR-rated tires at each corner. Little else is altered in terms of stance and handling save for KYB dampers and, if you ask John, that is just quite all right.
We'd like to tell you about this Supra's fancy paint job, but the truth is, it's stock. What's notable, however, is the unmolested anthracite-colored paint-free of dings, dents and even the most minor of abrasions. Such is what happens when vehicles grace the roads only under the best of weather. But it's the minor accouterments that make John's Supra what it is, like the Rod Millen downpipe and RSR Invidia exhaust combo that, together with a JDM-only Mine's ECU, give the 2JZ a slight power bump. HKS has its hand in the fold also with its sequential blow-off valve, electronic boost controller and turbo timer. The standard-issue parts follow suit such as Lonza aluminum pedals, a K&N filter, PIAA bulbs and an oil cap and thermostat, both from TRD. An assortment of GReddy gauges help John ensure the engine remains as pristine as the rest.
To some, what John considers his pride and joy may seem a bit of a bore. Understandable. Obscene Supra-like horsepower figures it does not have. A track-bred suspension it cannot boast. And a trophy-winning show car it is not. But there are just some things in life worth appreciating and well-preserved rarities like John's targa top Supra are one of them.