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.”