An Unexpected Find In Long Beach
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Maybe it was the fact that I had a 32-hour-long Wednesday the day before, but the pink car behind the Worthouse pit area at Formula Drift Long Beach confused me for a good few moments.

The front was instantly recognisable as that of a JZX100 Toyota Chaser, but what it was attached to, and so seamlessly, was what really caught my attention.

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From a distance, the wing did disguise it to a certain degree – it didn’t help that I originally was looking at it almost square on from the front – but once I got closer, it was obvious. But then, it kind of wasn’t again.

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See, from the rear it’s what I would instinctively label as a JZX81; but it was left-hand drive which completely threw me off. I’m not 100 percent familiar with the US market and what variations of JDM cars actually ended up stateside, so this was proving a fun challenge. I tried to find the owner, but being busy with other activities, when I finally returned the car was gone and I feared that I wouldn’t see it again.

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That was until Saturday morning at AutoCon FD LB, where I was reunited with maybe the best JZX mash-up that I’ve ever come across.

I absolutely adore this thing; the thought of running a JZX100 front on a sort-of JZX81 never even occurred to me before, and I’ve never seen one online either. It’s a brilliant combination.

Thankfully, for you at least, its owner and creator, Richard Rabe, was this time standing beside the car and able to try and un-confuse me. So, it’s not a JZX81, it’s an MX83 Cressida with a JZX100 front. The MX83 and JZX100 are practically identical, although the USDM MX83 didn’t come with a 1JZ, rather a lethargic 7M-GE inline-six.

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This wasn’t a problem for Richard, as it seems he had his heart set on something a little bit more powerful to match the looks. The 7M-GE has long since been replaced with a 2JZ-GTE running a single Holset turbocharger.

We see so many cars on our travels as Speedhunters, but it’s always a pleasure when we come across a build that has been so thoroughly put together; where everything works and there’s a particular good flow or vibe about it. A lot of it is, of course, completely subjective.

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That certain je ne sais quoi though is often the difference between a good car and a great car. It helps that the JZX100 front is a surprisingly good fit on the older chassis, although it was far from a straight upgrade. I could have easily sat down with Richard all day to talk about this car and really explore the ins and outs of it, but I was under pressure to get back to the track. Still, I should be back in SoCal in October so maybe we should arrange a proper shoot then?

I feel obliged to wrap this spotlight up with a video. Sure, it’s a completely different car in a different country, but a 2JZ JZX81 in the hands of Tezuka is maybe the reason that a car like Richard’s exists in the first place. If you’re familiar with the video, you’ll still watch it again. If you’re not, be prepared for a history lesson.

Paddy McGrath
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1

I'm not familiar with the video, can I get my history lesson, please ;)

2

I would also like this history lesson. Watched the video and I guess both cars are pink toyota camrys

3

Please stop

4

Thanks to whoever removed the comment. About the car, I'd love an article about it. It's certainly something unique, and I'd love to see more, especially more of that paint color.

5
David Hasan-lichtenstein

Dude I've seen a few pics of this and been wanting to find out more, thanks for spotlighting it

6

That Elco in the back though..

7

Right!? Lol that was actually the first thing that caught my attention in that photo. Something about that camper top made me thing of Subaru brats and then I realized how big it was

8

Alex Lee had a jzx81 Cresta with a jzx100 Mark ii front end back in fd 2011-2012. First with a 1jz, then with an LS3

Author9

Just had a look at that, it's very nice. It definitely passed me by, although it is a Cresta JZX100 front versus a Chaser front, which is even more subtle.

10

You're all over the place with your JZX's today Paddy. Mark II* JZX100 front versus a Chaser front.

Author11

I wish it was just JZXs, I seriously need a day or seven off.

12

Not sure if serious here or if you meant JZX81 rather than JZX100;
"The MX83 and JZX100 are practically identical, although the USDM MX83 didn’t come with a 1JZ"

The JZX100 and MX83 are leagues apart and don't have the same chassis

13

Also although the same chassis, X83 and X81 are FAR from identical. completely different body for starters.

Author14

I absolutely meant JZX81 & MX83, what's written there doesn't even make sense as they're about a decade apart. I'll see myself out.

15

Beat me to it.

16

"The MX83 and JZX100 are practically identical"

Actually, the equivalent of a JZX100 for the USDM market was never made. The equivalent of an MX83 would be the GX/JZX81.

18

Video is great! JZX100 front for mee looks too masive, but nevertheless good efort.

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John W Cangieter

CAN FIND THE OWNER ON INSTAGRAM @RICHARDRABE. NICE TO SEE IT ON SPEEDHUNTERS.

20

I knew I remembered this car somewhere, this car a long time ago was in Mighty Car Mods video when they came to LA and did a video on the car scene, in the video its matte black but its definitely the same car, it has the 2J and the painted valve cover at that point but its good to see how far it has come

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