NZ Performance Car - - Con­tents -

They say that humans are crea­tures of habit, and, af­ter own­ing a few pre­vi­ously, Llewellyn Giles couldn’t help but crack open the wal­let when a MkIV Supra cropped up on Trade Me at a cheap price, as it had been sit­ting unloved for a num­ber of years and needed a good go­ing over.

One of his pre­vi­ous cars was a MkIII drag car that ran 10s some years ago, so, nat­u­rally, first on the cards was squeez­ing some more power out of the 2JZ heart. It’s gone through a ground-up re­build, with a 3.5-litre stro­ker kit that makes 10:1 com­pres­sion, paired with a big Pre­ci­sion 6870 turbo. The auto 4L80e trans­mis­sion has been re­built and mod­i­fied for man­ual shift­ing, de­liv­er­ing power down back to a hard-to-get 3.5-ra­tio UK-spec diff. “The en­gine and trans­mis­sion were done, as I wanted the best driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with max­i­mum us­able torque in ar­eas that mat­tered,” says Llewellyn.

Due to a few is­sues in the paint­work, a sim­ple tidy up on the out­side turned into a full restora­tion. The car has been given a fresh lick of Lexus LFA grey, and, in­side, a few of the finer de­tails have been looked af­ter, such as new foam in the seats — no rock un­turned, as they say.

At the time of writ­ing, Llewellyn is busy putting to­gether a Mil-Spec loom, and hopes that it will be run­ning be­fore the year’s out. “It will sim­ply be for street and week­end en­joy­ment,” he says. “Pow­er­cruise and drop-flag drag rac­ing — that sort of thing — but I have no in­ten­tion to prop­erly drag race again.”

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