1993 Toyota Celsior Type A

Sold: $8,495

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Stock Number: 4462

The original iteration of the Celcior/ LS400 is one of the most well-designed luxury sedans ever built. Known for its near bulletproof reliability, abundant power options, and refinement, the UCF10 established Lexus as a luxury marque that could challenge the Germans. This 1993 sedan is finished in Toyota's particularly unique Black Jade Pearl (6K4) and is offered with a mere 24K verified miles. The body is in good condition other than some spots where the clear coat is thinning along with some light scuffs/dings/dents from routine use. Completely unmodified, and including a slate of recent maintenance items, this turn-key JDM classic would make a great weekend cruiser or daily driver for someone who appreciates a proper luxury saloon.

The cabin is clean and well designed, with decent ergonomics. There is plenty of space for people, cargo, and a sizable boot outback for overflow. For safety sake, an SRS driver's airbag is equipped, which was rare at the time. A power driver's seat and cruise control make commuting more than comfortable and the floating gauges light up and work as they should. The dash is near perfect and two gloveboxes are a bonus when storing documents and small items. For those who value authenticity, we have included the original owner's manual in there as well! A set of cupholders were uncommon at this time, even in luxury sedans, however two are available to those riding up front. The seats are upholstered in a soft gray cloth and are still in remarkable shape. Although there are some light staining and sun-related fade, the seats are devoid of any major imperfections such as rips or tears. They are bolstered so that long drives can be had in comfort. Woodgrain accents dress up the center stack and privacy tint surrounds those seated in the rear. The door cards and headliner are in fine nick, and a large power sunroof opens up the interior to ventilation and natural light. That's not to say this Celsior is perfect as the audio in inoperable and the digital climate system screen is heavily pixelated. The adjustable steering column is also static now, but as a whole, the 27-year-old interior is still impressive.

The driveline used by Toyota has stood the test of time, and still feels fresh in this example. The 1UZ-FE V8 makes great power, sounds surprisingly good, and is inexpensive to maintain. The 3968cc mill turns over into a butter-smooth idle with a twist of the key. It benefits from a fresh semi-synthetic oil and filter service and needn't be maintained for another three thousand miles. Acceleration up to, and above, US highway speeds are seamless and the automatic gearbox shifts as it should. The strut and spring suspension rides nicely and saves on the complication of the factory air ride system. The brakes are confident and the OEM silver wheels are wrapped in new rubber. The large sidewalls of the all-season rubber insulate well against road noise and provide premium grip whether it's wet or dry.

*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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