1992 Toyota Crown Majesta
The 90's heyday of Japan really pushed the envelope for vehicle development. So much so that the rest of the world had to finally step up their game and start building more reliable cars to try and keep up. For Toyota the Majesta was one of the most luxurious, option laden, sedans in the lineup. The Crown was slightly smaller than the Celsior for tax purposes, yet had most all of the same options available. One lucky thing for us, typically ultra luxury sedans like this were only driven on special occasions. This 1992 only has 21K miles on it because of that. Finished in a unique color of the time, Midnight Indigo (8J5) makes it a real head turner. The paint has been well maintained considering it's age. It does have a few minor blemishes to note as they're hard to see in the photos. There is a scuff on the passenger front bumper and for some reason a V8 badge was put on the passenger side of the trunk. The badge did etch the paint however it's only really noticeable if you know to look for it. The body has been kept in excellent shape which comes as no surprise.
The interior is really where the Crown shines. The complimentary blue cloth has been well cared for. The seats and door panels show no real signs of wear, free of the traditional bolster wear or tears. There are no shortage of power options when it comes to this one, which is shocking considering the fact it's 26 years old. Domestic vehicles didn't start seeing options like these until years later. Naturally it has the power windows, locks, folding mirrors, like many cars from Japan in this time. Power seats on the other hand were a bit harder to come by, let alone power reclining rear seats. Not only were the rear seats reclinable but the center armrest opens up to reveal controls for the rear climate and radio. The A/C does blow cold, and has it's own clever little "swing" system that oscillates the vents. The radio controls are a bit of a novelty here in the states as the Japanese radio frequency is different however with a FM transmitter you can retain some of it's original functionality. The Majesta was also one of the first cars to feature optional touch screen navigation, climate controls, and even built in TV tuner. Amenities like these are what made these so popular back in the day, and have since made them popular build cars here in the states.
Powered by the 2JZ-GE 3 liter means that despite it's size it can certainly get out of it's own way. The fact that this power plant was widely used here in the states means that servicing it can be done by your local Lexus dealership. Like any proper luxury sedan, the Majesta has an adjustable air suspension for a supple ride. Just because it has a soft ride doesn't mean it handles like your grandfather Cadillac. While heavy, it doesn't feel as if it's going to roll over every time you take an exit ramp. The automatic transmission helps to provide seamless power delivery from the I6. These big body sedans are becoming increasingly popular for daily drivers and show builds alike. Being a part of Toyota royalty has never been easier.
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