Clor noted that several years ago, the general consensus was that Japanese cars would never be “collectable.” Yet the Datsun 240Z has become a cherished part of many collections and other formerly misfit cars, like the Honda S2000, are being restored on television shows such as Wheeler Dealers.
However, the most Supra-inspired component of the car lies under the hood.
Imported from Japan after just 50,000 miles, a 3.0-liter 2JZ-GE inline six-cylinder Toyota engine appears as if it were stock despite being installed in a space designed for two fewer cylinders. Garza was able to do the installation without extending the car’s nose, relocating the firewall or doing any other extensive fabrication work.
The result was a boost from 95 horsepower in the stock Celica four-cylinder to 227 with the inline six, which is hooked to a 5-speed manual transmission from a Lexus IS300 while the rear end came from a 1981 Supra with limited slip differential.
The car’s underbody is coated with Rhino liner and Dynamat also was used throughout to keep the car’s interior as quiet as possible while also helping keep it cool, despite summer temperatures in Arizona.
The interior features leather and microsuede as a replacement for the factory vinyl on the seats. Those materials also were used as trim on the car’s wool carpeting. The console also was leather-wrapped. Speed Hut Revolution-series gauges are used to monitor the car’s various systems.