1994 Toyota Celsior Type-C
Available for: $11,995
Stock Number: 4491
The Germans couldn't get close to the reliability of the first generation UCF, and by the time 1994 had arrived, it was slated for a redesign. The new UCF21 showcased improved driving dynamics, interior space, and implemented new technology that impresses many even today! Finished in a stately Alpine Silver (199), and offered with only 66K verified miles, the body is in good shape other than some light scuffs, chips, and dings associated with normal use. Featuring factory height-adjustable air suspension, massaging and reclining rear seats, and a punchy V8 powerplant, it's hard to deny what an incredible value the Celsior is.
The cabin of this sedan is clean and simple, despite the vast array of buttons and switchgear normally associated with luxury vehicles. Lexus thoughtfully added a power tilt and telescoping steering column, power-folding mirrors, locks, and one-touch windows. Uncommon at the time were standard SRS airbags up front and cruise control, but the Celsior had them all. The gauge cluster design was futuristic in the mid-nineties and has a set of floating gauges with pretty white needles. The woodgrain accents are in great shape and line both rows, with leather door cards and carpets that are in above average condition. The carpets were protected by OEM floor mats, and they are included in the sale as well. The dash does have light damage that was obscured by a cell-phone mat in Japan, but visibility is premium and the view of the road ahead is unobstructed. Cruise control and HIDs make nighttime driving easier, and the interior illumination is decent when its dark outside. Dual gloveboxes are handy for storage and a trick set of cupholders unfurls from a recessed location in front of the center console. Temperature adjustments are digital and both the driver and passenger have completely sperate zones. Privacy tint reduces interior temps further and keeps prying eyes away from what's inside this Toyota. Power front seats provide a range of adjustability and support; they are comfortable on hauls and even have powered seat belt adjusters. Leather was particularly rare in Japan and the seats are in good shape besides some light bolster repair work on the driver's side front seat. No large rips, stains, or tears are to be noted on the other seats. The rear seating area is the most impressive part of the interior as the center console has a bevy of controls for audio and other important vehicle functions. There are tons of shoulder and legroom, and a massive center console armrest. The control that brings the passenger seat flush with the dash no longer works, but it is seldom-used anyhow. Besides that, you can recline the bear bench and even select a massage function if you are looking to relax. The rear passengers can also control the audio system if they wish, as the front screen is no longer operational. You can still control the volume and change the channel upfront but the display stays static. At higher speeds, the interior noise, vibration, and harshness levels are incredibly low and are impressive by today's standards.
The driveline utilized in the UCF21 is stout and reliable and has been touted for its low cost of ownership. The 1UZ-FE is known for its refinement and received a healthy power bump for this generation. Benefitting from a fresh semi-synthetic oil and filter service, the 3968cc mill turn over with the twist of a key. Jab the throttle and the V8 burble piques a touch, and when in gear, the auto transmission delivers seamless acceleration. The suspension is smooth over large and small bumps and you can raise and lower the sedan with the press of a button located by the gear selector. The brakes reel in the Toyota from higher speeds with confidence and the steering is light and power-assisted. The alloys are all wrapped in new all-season rubber that improves the ride quality and delivers a premium year-round grip.
As a starting point for a VIP build, or as a daily driver this 1994 Celsior has you covered. As a Type-F it's full of equipment and has been fully brought up to date on maintenance. As a turn-key Japanese Classic, the Celsior is one of the best ownership options on the market today.
*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.