1993 Supra UK TT6 - full respray / £3k Toyota overhaul For Sale
I am selling my stock UK TT6. I have advertised this car before and it is finally ready for sale after a recent Toyota overhaul
I bought this car in September 2018 on a bit of a whim. I am a member of the UK Supra forum and this car was posted for sale in Northern Ireland. It was registered in Aug 1993 by Neville Johnson who were one of the original nominated UK Supra dealers (eventually becoming Charles Hurst Toyota). It must have been one of the first UK Supras to be imported and was registered to the dealer on 3/8/93. On 24/8/93 it was sold by the dealer and stayed with the same owner for 25 years in Northern Ireland. In that time it covered 76000 miles and was largely unused for the best part of 10 years although taken for an annual MOT. I am the third owner. The car unfortunately came with minimal paper work but did have the handbooks and service book. The book is stamped only by official Toyota dealers but sporadically and only until Nov 2002 (when it also had a cam belt change according to sticker on cam cover). The mileage in 2002 was 47k so it did under 30k miles in 16 years. There are 4 MOTs from Northern Ireland from 2014 confirming the mileage increments of around 100 miles per year and the last MOT before I bought it records the mileage as 75800 miles in 2017.
My reason for buying it was I had a lovely example of an auto UK Supra (that I also recently sold on Car and Classics) but the manual has always been more coveted so I decided to take the plunge and see what the fuss is about.
When the car arrived, it wasn’t as clean as described but I could see there was a good car trying to get out. It was all together and original but had not been well maintained or stored, had patchy paintwork and various electrical niggles. I am on good terms with my local Toyota dealership who look after my automatic car so took the car to them to go through and see what was needed. Bearing in mind a main dealer’s tolerances are different, they did a vehicle check and identified various items including a four corner suspension refresh, new air condenser, benefit from new clutch etc. Their parts list and labour list to make the car absolutely immaculate again was over £10k but nothing was deemed critical and it passed its MOT with some advisories.
I have sourced the majority of the OEM parts advised by Toyota from Megazip which cost over £5k and I am prepared to include all these with the car at the advertised price and hope this helps the next owner. I have the full list of parts that Toyota felt were required which is what I used for ordering items to ensure they are Toyota items. The cost of the parts alone is around £6k once customs charges are applied so if someone can do their own labour and has easy access to a ramp this really is a one off opportunity to own one of the most original and solid UK TT6s in existence. I have the full parts list from Toyota and I have obtained most of the items except for shocks and coil springs. The main parts are general items such as valve stem seals (not aware of any blue smoke) along with camber adjusters, suspension arms, shock absorber brackets, various seals and wheel hubs. I can provide the full list if needed and have put a picture of the Toyota health check report. PLEASE NOTE THE PRICE DOES INCLUDE ALL THE OEM PARTS
The main issue though was structural with paint and rust. It did appear that it has been waxoyled underneath previously but it soon became apparent that this had been done over rust and that would need fully stripping to see what structural work was required.
Initially I decided I didn’t want to take it all on and advertised it for sale with its faults in Sept 2018. However, after a few time wasting enquires and having been recommended a classic car restorer who was willing to do the rust work I decided to keep it and try and make it a solid car again.
In summary the car was in the restorers for 4 months (I got it back last week) and as the layers were pealed away the underbody had a lot of rust and required a fair amount welding. Due to this, the only sensible approach was a full window out respray that has just been completed including new front screen, rear 3/4 glass, new rear window moulding, new rear bumper bar, new boot struts and rubbers . The total cost of this was over £15k. I have invoices for all the work and pictures of the stages to show before and after. No corners were cut, this car has been painstakingly restored to be better than new underneath and will be solid for many more years to come. It has been primed and stone chipped painted with proper waxoyling over clean metalwork. There was rust around the inside of the rear glass and side windows that has also been cut out and rewelded, no corner has been left untreated and certainly no corners cut in the restoration. This was not some ‘back street garage’ paint job, they even had the original paint colour analysed to get an exact match as apparently Lucerne Silver 199 has five shades. For information about the garage I used for the work and to see the quality of their work visit: https://silchestergarage.com/projects
Other remedial work includes:
Professional electrical work including removing non working old Toyota alarm and fitting full new insurance approved alarm and immobiliser with 2 working fobs and remote locking, remove an old handsfree unit and non standard stereo with fitment of a period correct Toyota unit and fitting and wiring in for third brake light so fully operational.
I ordered new 2x new Toyota keys as the one that came with the car was bent and cracked
professional wheel refurbishment with chemical stripping and repainting
fitted refurbished tank guard
new Continental Premium Contact 6 tyres all round
new aerial mast (electric aerial works fine now)
new glass headlights
New gearknob and centre console
Toyota Radio and in dash CD player fitted
Full active spoiler mechanism fitted (sourced used set online) as the one the car appeared to have the blade torn off it. The spoiler deploys at speed as it should after I did the code 42 fix.
I also took off the Northern Ireland plate and bought an English 'L' plate that will come with the car.
Whilst the car was away for 4 months, I sent the front passenger seat and rear seats for professional renovation and these have been fully retrimmed in matching ivory leather with every detail carried over including stitching and setback pocket. The carpets have also been cleaned. The dash panels have also been repainted
So my reason for sale is this. The cost of the body repair was more than anticipated and, along with other car opportunities / life events that have arisen in the last 6 months so I would like to move her own having made her a very good car that needs no immediate work.
I did advertise her a month ago but since then she has had an extensive overhaul with Toyota totalling £3000 - including new clutch/flywheel/gearbox seals. New PAS cooler. New air con radiator and dryer fitted (air con now fully working). Timing belt and Aux belt replacement. Coolant, brake fluid and diff oil changed.
I am not looking in any way to make a profit, the car owes me a lot more than the asking price but this was never about a quick flip. I am a Supra fan and am happy to saved this car as there was no half way measure with the corrosion and I am glad to have kept her on the road.
This is a rare car anyway but its mileage and now its restorative work means it hopefully can be one of the best left anywhere in the world. I have been as honest as possible, genuine enquiries only please.
Price advertised is for the car with the new parts I have for it which would be my preferred option. However, I am happy to discuss a price for the car alone. Happy to answer questions
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