1994 Toyota Celsior UCF21 Type C
Available for: $10,995
Stock Number: 4798
As the second iteration of the Celsior became available, it was clear that Toyota was dead set on besting the Germans. Lighter, more powerful, and more luxurious this '94 Celsior is the real deal, especially with a mere 46K verified miles. Taking an already legendary chassis and improving upon it is a tall order, but Toyota was up to the task. With its sharper new lines, it became one of the most recognizable luxury cars of the time. Not only is it the latest option that we can get with some killer mileage, but it also just happens to be finished in one of the most unique colors they offered. Toyota's Ebony Teal Pearl (6N9) is a wild choice. Depending on the lighting and angle it takes on all sorts of different hues; in some light it's more black while others are blue. The gray on the lower body cladding helps to balance out the darker top half and give it a strong contrast. The paint itself has held up pretty well however there are some panel shade differences. It looks like the slight variation is probably from a clearcoat respray to simply freshen it up a bit. The same can be said about the bodywork with it being pretty darn straight. Despite its size, the previous owner did a good job of keeping routine door dings and blemishes to a minimum which is impressive when you think about just how congested Japan generally is.
The revised interior really is a place you could spend all day in. In keeping with rare options, this one came fitted with the full leather interior. While stateside that was the norm, back in Japan it's a rather rare option to come across. The tan leather makes for a nice contrast off the dark bodywork and has held up quite well. There is some discoloration on the driver's side bolster from wear over the years, and naturally, some light cracking along the seat base which is simply the nature of leather. The passenger seat has a little bit of the same wear on the base, while the back seats are in even better shape. Neither looks as if they've seen too much use over the years. The other two main spots are the door pull and arm rest do both have some slight wear spots from your general seating position over the years. Both driver and passenger get power-adjustable seats, another rare piece for the era, and even get dual airbags which were still all factory options at the time. Even the automatic parking pole is still functioning which we hardly ever see! Like any true luxury sedan all of your accessories are powered like the windows, mirrors, locks, and even the seat belt height adjustment. Dual-zone climate control makes sure both driver and passenger don't have to bicker about cabin temps. The factory radio is still present and functioning, however, the screen is a little dim. The UCF21 and UCF10 have the same overall dimensions but the 21 has a bit longer wheelbase. A slightly better highway ride is noticeable because of the stretch, but also way more interior space which is where you really notice it. The new generation of the UCF C-Package came equipped with Toyota's Skyhook adaptive computerized air suspension which equates to a ride akin to flying on a cloud, as it should be.
Under the large sheet metal, bonnet sits a revised version of the legendary 1UZ-FE. More power, that longer wheelbase paired with more efficient aerodynamics separate this platform from the prior design without drastically deviating from its legendary styling. While the 1UZ was already a brute of a motor throwing a few extra ponies at it never hurt anybody's feelings. While you'll never confuse one of these for a race car it certainly has more than enough power to get you down the road. The big V8 is quick to fire up after a general tune-up; new plugs, wires, cap and rotor, the ignitors, and of course and oil change. Since these are proper luxury sedans the only trans you'd want to pair with it is a solid automatic. The trans rips off shifts as smooth as butter, and neither suffers from clunking or hesitations. Thanks to that air suspension these really do soak up the miles in comfort yet still are stable enough for high speed on ramps without feeling like a Buick floating all over the place. Fresh rubber on all four corners help to ensure there's plenty of grip on hand and we also replaced the torn front left bellow boot while we were at it. The brakes bring this huge sedan down from speed with confidence and the steering is surprisingly light since it's power-assisted. As a starting point for a VIP build, or simply a stellar daily driver the Celsior has you covered. If Matt Farah can put a million miles on one what's stopping you from doing the same?
*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.