Ziyaad’s GX71 Mark II saloon, considered to be the only one in Bangladesh, has been around the family since he was created. Now, he’s put their own stamp on it
Family heirlooms take many forms. Maybe jewellery, antiques or maybe outdated photos. More often than you would think, though, it’s vehicles that are passed from one era to the next.
The particular GX71 Toyota Indicate II you see here has been around Ziyaad Rahman’s family considering that before he was actually born. It was parked upward in a shed in 2009, that could well have ended up becoming its final resting location – a few years on, the particular Mark II was in the sorry state, with an inside eaten by rats becoming one of many issues.
That didn’t prevent Ziyaad, who decided within 2015 it was time to save the languishing Mark II. The key to bringing it in return from the brink was a knocked-down donor car imported through Japan, which lent a lot of its fantastically brown indoor. The dashboard, instrument bunch, headlining and those gorgeous quilted fabric seats were just about all carried over.
Along with the cabin, the subscriber also sacrificed most of the body panels. So little from the original vehicle remains, that will there’s an element of Theseus’ Deliver to this restoration. It’s quite definitely a continuation of the exact same car that took Ziyaad on family road travels all those years ago, though, and can’t imagine it’ll actually leave the care of the particular Rahmans.
Ziyaad drove the car for some time in its restored state, prior to yearning for more power. Which was to come from a 1JZ GTE inline-six mated to an R154 five-speed manual gearbox, the particular fitting of which he details as “almost impossible, ” but ultimately achievable despite Ziyaad’s insistence that the exchange was to avoid any slicing or welding.
With the power increased in order to 276bhp, the stock framework simply wouldn’t do. The Kaaz limited-slip differential guarantees power is effectively used in the tarmac, while Wilwood brakes are now on ending duties. BC Racing coilovers replaced the stock suspension system, enhanced with some custom-made swagger bars.
On the outside, it’s been remaining fairly original, save for just one very tasteful aesthetic modification: BBS split rim tires. The new rims plus the reduced stance are all the Tag II need to look like some thing special, even before any passers-by hear the tune becoming belting out of the exhaust tube.
Produced on Toyota’s Motomachi plant through 1984 to 1988, the particular GX71 Mark II had been only ever sold in japan market, although the related Cresta and Cressida did allow it to be elsewhere. This JDM jewel is an unusual car to find out in any part of the world, after that, and for Bangladesh, Ziyaad can be quite sure his is the just saloon example residing in the nation.
Even though this generation of Tag II did have straight-six engine options, none had been anything like as effective as the 1JZ in Ziyaad’s. It may yet get more poke too, with the vehicle described as “a never-ending task but somehow a very reliable one”.
The GX71 has already confirmed plenty, though. It implies that there’s potential in the least probably of places, even the previous family car you were raised with.