1991 Toyota Celsior
Stock Number: 4275
After Toyota engineered its Celsior (Lexus LS400) for the 1990 model year, it was aimed squarely at its European rivals. The overall execution exceeded Toyota's expectation and a new benchmark was reached. After years of pursuit, the Japanese could finally make the argument that they had produced a finer luxury sedan than BMW and Mercedes. The Toyota Celsior embodied luxury and durability, and for that reason, has stood the test of time. This particular example, a 1991 Type C is finished in Toyota's optional Black Jade Pearl (6K4) two-tone which looks fantastic. The Japanese model had more options available than any of the US counterparts were offered while still retaining the same serviceability. This F-Package equipped Celsior is in amazing condition with only 54k verified miles. It's deep green, almost black, hue is a real head turner and unique to this platform. Overall the paint shows well, however like any 28 year old vehicle there are some routine blemishes like stone chips and etching in the clear coat. The body is in great shape considering the size of this luxury tourer. Of course, there are some door dings that you could be PDR, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 54K verified mile car.
While the body is timeless, the interior is really where the Celsior shines. Its gray cloth interior is heavily bolstered and has been well maintained over the years. The plush seats do a great job of hugging you over the worst of roads. The Type C means it came equipped with the adjustable air suspension. If that wasn't enough for you the F-Package means that the rear occupants get the royal treatment. Heated, massaging, reclining back seats along with full controls for the A/C are located in the center armrest. While the passengers get preferred treatment the driver isn't left out in the cold. Power adjustable seats with two memory options, cruise control, powering folding mirrors, and even the surprisingly rare, factory optioned, airbag to name a few. With the exception of the radio, all of the features are functioning as they should. Most customers wind up replacing the radio in favor of something more tech savvy and US compatible since the Japanese use a lower radiofrequency. The dash is in great shape, along with the door panels and carpeting. It's obvious that someone really cared about this car, it even has the factory detailing kit in the boot.
Mechanically this Celsior is just as clean as the rest of the car. The infamous 1UZ-FE fires right up and purrs beautifully. The automatic transmission is equally quiet; shifting in and out of gear without any hesitation or grinding. The V8 quickly gets you up to speed and makes for a phenomenal highway cruiser. Coupled with that adjustable air suspension these make the best out of any poorly maintained state road that you'll come across. The aftermarket for the Celsior or Lexus LS is massive, which makes the Celsior a fantastic VIP chassis. Then again for those not looking to be part of the scene, these are undoubtedly a daily driver that you won't come across in the grocery store parking lot. To ensure that it has a long and happy life here stateside we've gone over the car mechanically and brought it back up to speed. All of the key items were addressed like a fresh battery, a new timing belt and water pump, 4 new tires, 8 new plugs, and a routine oil change. Now that we have this luxurious beast back up to par it's ready to make waves here stateside. Whether you're looking for your next build platform or simply a bulletproof daily, the Celsior has you covered.
*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.