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Craig's List "diamond in the rough" find, STL edition

Now, I know you all know what this is:

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Yep, the last, great tuner's dream car from the beige-meisters at Toyota, the Supra Mk IV.

Now, did you know that there was a Lexus version of this? Same style (2-door coupe), same layout (RWD), offered the same engine (yep, the 2JZ but with a 5-speed manual), even the option for a bigger v8, and far more luxurious in the interior. I speak of none other other than the first generation Lexus SC300. Oh, you can argue which way you prefer (here's a 40 page forum thread that does just that) but I think an inexpensive 90% solution is a gold mine if you're not independently wealthy or lucky enough to win the lottery.

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What brings me to this announcement is my nigh-daily perusal of the local Craig's List cars for sale listings, and this very, very rough example for sale in St Louis for a mere 2 large:

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Oh, that paint is... used, abused, and put away wet. It is so very, very burnt and scorched, and the headlights are so foggy that I doubt anyone would notice you driving around with the high beams on all the time. The wheels are still pretty shiny though, which is a small upside to this poor old girl.

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Oh, it's not just paint, it's going to be a Bondo job too. But just think, a refresh to the outside, whatever internal ailments the current owner is complaining about (I'm guessing because they listed "rack in pinion n starter" that those need attention) and your own personal, luxurious drift machine is ready for some personal modifications and upgrades. I'd say start with something mild, because if the outside is any indication, the 2JZ in this old girl has seen more than it's fair share of use. No sense in dropping that monster, 1,000+ HP capable turbo setup on it if the first time you give it the boot, you spit all your internals out the side of the block.

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You better hurry up and snag it before I rearrange my list of project cars and slot it in above an Exocet build, the motorcycle, or the sleeper Nova corner carver.

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