1992 Toyota Aristo Twin Turbo
The Toyota Aristo is the epitome of what a grand tourer should be. Powerful yet comfortable, technologically advance while being reliable. Derived from the Greek term; Aristo means "best" and while Toyota may have been a little cocky using the term to name their newly designed sports sedan they certainly had justification in doing so. If that wasn't enough this particular example has had the factory automatic pulled in favor of the hearty R154 5 speed. This is the car that Toyota should have built. State of the art luxury combined with legendary 2JZ engine makes it a true rival to the Germans. This 1992 has not only gone a trans swap but has also had a full color change. Originally it left the factory silver, but has since been fully swapped to a custom purple metallic. The color change was well done as all of the jambs and engine bay were done, leaving the trunk as the only sign of the original color. The color looks very dark indoors, but when you get it out into the light the metallic really pops. It appears to have been done a while back as there is some haze (specifically on the roof) and etching in the clear coat. Overall the paint shows well however the front bumper does have some blemishes. There's are some notable scuffs to the lower chin spoiler, as evident in the pictures. The passenger side of the bumper does have some cracking in the paint from being bumped at some point. There's no chipping to the paint however it's hard to notice in the photos. The body is very straight with only a few little door dings that you'd expect with any 27 year old car. The bodywork has been left all stock, with the front bumper being trimmed to fit the massive Greddy front mount intercooler.
Inside you'll find a full executive suite with full power amenities including power windows, tilt wheel, automatic climate control, power seats, power folding mirrors, defrost mirrors, and much more! One of the rare pieces, aside from the shifter popping through the center console, is the full leather interior. While common place on Lexus's here in the US the Japanese are not big fans of leather. Both the driver and passenger seats are in good shape however there is some bolster wear from getting in and out. All relatively common to see with any leather seats. The rear seats are in great shape. The automatic climate control is fantastic as the air is blowing nice and cold for the summer months ahead. The dash in very nice and has no cracks or other damage. The headunit has also been upgraded to a newer Carrozzeria unit that adds a bit more functionality here in the US. The door panels are clean and free of any rips or tears. The carpet is in good shape and has no major staining or rips. An aftermarket Carrozzeria head unit has been added to update the audio, but otherwise no modifications have been done inside the cabin.
Naturally everyone's favorite part of the Arist is the twin turbo 2JZ-GTE. Famed for both reliability and it's ability to make huge horsepower numbers, there's no wonder why. With 110K verified miles this 6 cylinder has had the BPU (Basic Power Upgrades) take care of. As it's hard to miss, a Greddy front mounter intercooler with full hardpiping keeps the intake temps down. A matching Airnix intake and upper radiator pipe complete the look of the engine bay. Out back is a full Kakimoto exhaust which gives the 2J the sound it deserves. The factory exhaust is incredibly restrictive on these. The power on tap is perfect and the Aristo gets up to speed as quickly as you want. Once the turbos spool these cars move; quickly. When the trans was replaced a much more aggressive ORC twin disc clutch was installed to put the power down properly. At some point the ABS was deleted, we're not sure if it may have been done when the swap was, but subsequently you do have to live with the light on in the cluster. Tein coilovers drop the ride height and have the 19" Work Schwert's looking the way it should. Recent maintenance include 4 new tires, new upper control arms, a new serpentine belt, and naturally an oil change. With everything that's been done this car really is the best of both worlds. Now is your chance to own a 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.