1993 Toyota Celsior

Sold: $9,495

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Stock Number: 4232

The Toyota Celsior is still a benchmark for the luxury segment, even three decades after its debut. Lauded for its low cost of ownership, meticulous build quality, and a full slate of powered options uncommon to the era. Finished in an understated (180) Grey Pearl two-tone, the classic proportions are accentuated by low offset AutoCoture Style Eleganze rolling stock and reduced ride height. The paint has the typical light blemishes, scratches, and dings associated with normal use but is in better shape than most of the examples on the US market. Of note, many US models have hundreds of thousands of miles on average, but this Cerlisor has only 37K verified miles on the odometer. Up to date on maintenance, and with easy to find parts and service options, this 1993 Celsior might be the perfect Japanese Classic to daily drive. 

The interior cockpit is better equipped than the US models, top better suit overseas buyers' tastes. While the gray, executive cloth might look like a downgrade, the Japanese actually preferred this interior and is by no means such. The soft, well-bolstered front seats are incredibly comfortable for long hauls. While there is some light sun discoloration, the material is largely unblemished and is devoid of any rips or tears. Power adjustments allow for a fully customizable seating position, in combination with the power-adjustable column. The only nonfunctional seating control is the chauffeur function which tucks the passenger seat close to the dash to provide extra legroom. The dash, made of a soft touch charcoal plastic has avoided any weather-induced fading or cracking. The steering wheel is almost mint, and even includes cruise control, which was uncommon during the early 1990s. Even the light burl wood veneers have survived with only hairline cracking, and much like the door cards and headliners which are both in good nick. The OEM audio is nonfunctional, however, a newer US compatible option would typically be the route to take even if it was functioning. The LCD backlighting isn't the best on the climate control at this point, however, has no impact on actual functionality. A neat design feature, A/C and audio controls can be handled by occupants in the rear of the vehicle. The F Package gave passengers in the back reclinable seats as well, which even include the massage function, all of which works. The thinking was that as an executive car, one would have a chauffeur to drive them around in the lap of luxury.  

For a quarter-century, these 1UZ-FE powered saloons have been racking up the miles. Famously, Matt Farah of "The Smoking Tire" vlogged about one of these prolific sedans and its journey to crossing the 1 million mile mark. This 4.0L V8 is overbuilt, and Toyota made no apologies for that. Making sumptuous torque with little vibration is not easily accomplished with this engine configuration, but Toyota really executed it. With a freshly installed 12V battery, the engine turns over and sets into a constant idle. Other engine maintenance includes an oil and filter change and new air filter, so the UCF needn't be serviced for another five thousand kilometers. The vehicle accelerated up to, and above, highway speeds with ease and the transmission shifts smoothly through the gears. The OEM air suspension, which was prone to pesky leaks, was replaced with new adjustable coilovers very recently. The ride quality is slightly firmer than stock, but the tradeoff in appearance is worth it. The 18" alloys are all wrapped in low profile new all-season rubber at all four corners. The aforementioned tires can handle wet and inclement weather easily while giving better dry performance than the old set.

Safety inspected, and fully legal this 1993 is ready to cruise stateside tarmac. The elegant styling, creature comforts, and headache-free ownership experience make this stately sedan easy to fall in love with, and even better to own! 

*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.

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