2k: 5 Gears, 7 People: 1991 Toyota Previa

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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