5k: Mid-Engine 4WD: 1991 Toyota Previa

When you start discussing mid-engine all-wheel-drive vehicles, most people think of cars like the Lamborghini Diablo VT or Audi’s Quattro equipped R8.  However, Toyota beat them to the mid-engine all-wheel-drive setup with manual transmission (or supercharger) way back in 1990 with the launch of the XR10 series Previa minvan.  Find this 1991 Toyota Previa offered for $3,900 in West 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.

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