1992 Toyota Aristo
Who wouldn't want traditional Lexus comfort paired with one of the most desirable motors ever produced? While all of us love a proper sports car, not everyone wants to deal with driving one to work every day. Toyota realized this early on and made sure they had it covered. They pulled the luxurious bits off the Celsior, pull out the heart of the Supra, and created the ultimate Grand Tourer. While the US did see a very similar model, the Lexus GS300, there was one key difference. While the US got the boring naturally aspirated 2JZ, Japan kept the good motor for itself. Once the turbos spool you'll immediately see what we were missing out on. Finished in Toyota's timeless Platinum Silver Metallic (176) this thing looks good from every angle. The stock paint and bodywork have been kept up with particularly well over the years. Naturally, it does have a few small stone chips and door dings, but nothing abnormal for a 27-year-old car. The clear coat looks great and really highlights the metallic flake when the sun catches it. This one even has the factory three-piece wing to hint that this isn't your average GS300. The only change-up from the otherwise stock appearance is a set of 16" Dunlop Violento 5 spoke wheels. They're a subtle enough changeup that you could easily mistake them as the factory wheels.
The executive gray cloth keeps a monochromatic look, having been very well maintained over the years. Typically we see some bolster wear on the driver's seat or some wear on the steering wheel over the years but this one is largely free of any notable wear. It even has the rare optional airbag which we don't often see come through here. The seats are in great shape for their age, however, the light cloth is more subject to staining. There are some small spots both front and back, but nothing larger than the size of a quarter. Luckily the more concerning issues like seam separation or tears are not present. The dash looks excellent with no major sun damage or cracks. Being a proper GT car all of the power accessories of the time are present; power windows, locks, folding mirrors, automatic climate control, the OEM radio, as well as cruise control. Everything is functioning as to be expected after all this is a Toyota.
At the heart of this Aristo lies the famous 2JZ-GTE. Known both for its reliability and ability to make huge power with very little effort. Toyota claims 275hp from the factory, however, these engines were notoriously underrated. The 2JZ fires right up and is surprisingly quiet as it idles along. In factory trim, it's really quite regardless of the RPMs. The engine starts quickly, idles well, and accelerates like the freight train that it is. The power delivery is very linear and it truly feels like there's no end to it. The automatic transmission handles the power very well with shifts that are smooth and crisp. The stock suspension makes the best of any road and really turns this into a car that you could easily chew up the highway in. The Aristo touched down here in the US in exceptional condition with only 71K verified miles; with 4 new tires and an oil change later have it ready to roll. Whether you're looking for a luxurious daily driver for your morning commute or the ultimate in sleeper sedans, the Aristo has you covered. Don't miss out on an opportunity for this exceptionally clean, OEM example of Toyota's four-door Supra.
*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.