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Cool Find: Grandpa-spec 1999 Lexus GS 300 packing 850hp

Although there is said to be internal debate at Toyota about continuing the GS line, its lineage can be traced back to the 1990s, where it amassed quite a following.

The Toyota Aristo, as it was domestically known in Toyota form, was a technology-packed BMW 5 Series combatant with the vaunted 2JZ 3.0-litre inline six. Two generations on, it is now sold in Japan as a Lexus and gets by courtesy of Toyota’s silken 2GR FSE V6, rather than six in a row.

The 2JZ is known as a very stout motor, with the stock forged internals said to be good for 600hp (447kW) out of the box with bolt-on upgrades. This example has been treated to the 2JZ GTE from the Supra Turbo, but makes 850hp (633kW), with a bottom end capable of handling 1300hp (969kW), according to the Craiglist ad.

This power is sent through a TH350 four-speed automatic normally found in the likes of GM’s Holden Commodore and terminates at a 3.76 TRD diff.

The car has been kept mostly stock in terms of appearance, for that sleeper effect. The addition of an aftermarket tachometer and B&M shifter inside are somewhat of a giveaway though.

Check out the pics below. The buyers is asking US$40,000 for the beast.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.