1991 Toyota Aristo
The Aristo never made a true debut here in the United States but instead came as a Lexus branded luxury sedan. Lacking one of the most prolific and tunable engines to ever hit the market, the 2JZ-GTE, domestic owners spent thousands swapping in the powerplant. This example, produced in 1991, has some tasty performance upgrades while retaining all the creature comforts of an executive car. Finished in Platinum Silver Metallic (176) the paint quality has held up well over time. Sans the normal scratches, scuffs, and minor dings associated with daily driving, the bodywork is straight and in good condition. It's also hard to believe that this car has 98K verified miles on it. Complimented by 18" pewter Enkei Circlaz rolling stock, and a lowered ride height, this Toyota would make an ideal daily driver.
Inside the cockpit, the driver and passengers have all the room they need to ride in comfort. Updated interior lighting featuring some blue-hued LED's making nighttime illumination seem more upscale. The lightly bolstered cloth front seats have been replaced with two adjustable Recaro buckets, trimmed in black cloth. They both provide great lateral grip, while not being overly aggressive for long hauls. All the power accessories work, including the auto windows, power locks, and even the power-folding side mirrors. An updated Nardi steering wheel and hub replace the chunky factory one, and an APEXi boost gauge and Blitz Electronic Boost Controller are mounted within sight. The dash quality is good and isn't cracked or distorted like many 25-year-old vehicles. The only issue with the dash is that the Tach is currently inoperable. It's a notorious issue with Toyota's of this era, but luckily being an automatic it's not all that big of a concern. The rear portion of the vehicle looks hardly used, and the headliner and seat quality is above average, even for us. The whole crew can jam out en route to your desired destination, as a functional Pioneer head unit has replaced the OEM one. The digital climate control functions, keeping everyone cool in these hot summer months. Rear passengers also benefit from additional privacy tint, keeping prying eyes away and a more aggressive exterior aesthetic.
Under the subtle, flowing lines of the sculpted hood sits the fire-breathing twin-turbo 3.0L. This mill, utilized in the MK4 Supra, fires up immediately into an ultra-smooth idle and only has 98K verified miles. Twin-turbocharged and intercooled, this motor is capable of insane horsepower and has just benefitted from a recent service. The straight-six pulls heartily to redline and makes quick work of most current sports sedans at freeway speeds. The transmission, a four-speed automatic, happily shifts up and down the gears for a seamless drive into the office. A few select bolt-ons improve the sound and performance of the 2JZ. A HKS Hi-Power dual exhausts emit a deeper bark from the rear of the vehicle and are complemented by an HKS intake system. Cooling for the charged air is aided by an HKS intercooler, mounted up front, and connected with a GReddy hard pipe kit. A Kinokuni oil filter relocation kit keeps the oil temperatures down and relocates the factory filter location to the engine bay. Braking is premium, as red-painted MK4 Supra brakes have been retrofitted. These large calipers stop the car in a hurry and look great. For those who want to send this rear-drive sedan through a few twisties, the Tein adjustable coilovers keep the body flat and reduce that pesky wheel gap.
Don't compromise on an inferior US model. One of the best luxury sedans of the 1990s is finally now offered in the correct spec, and with low miles and some expensive performance upgrades, this could be the perfect, turn-key Japanese Classic.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.