If you were asked to make a list mid-engine cars, equipped with manual gearbox, optional all-wheel-drive, optional supercharged engine, and seating for seven…you would probably struggle to find the answer. However, the truth is you’ve seen (and heard the screaming supercharger that sounds like a fountain pen being dragged across a chalk board) of this vehicle many times and been none the wiser, until now. Find this 1991 Toyota Previa offered for $2,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Previa was available from the factory with optional all-wheel-drive
(standard was rear wheel drive), a manual transmission and an optional
supercharger. The supercharger boosted the 2.4 liter inline-4 (in the
car shown here) from the base 135 to 160 horsepower. If you ever want
to known if a Previa is equipped with the roots-type blower, there is a
very simple test — start the engine and if you hear something that
sounds like someone has shoved a flute into a cat’s rear-end and is
trying to play it like a bagpipe, its got the blower. The ear piercing
shrieking sound indicates the supercharger is equipped and functioning.
This one won’t have that problem unless you swap the S/C from a
slushbox equipped Previa because Toyota never sold one with manual trans
and supercharger together. That shifter is connected to a transmission/engine that was layed over on its side to fit under the front row of seats.
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