1995 Toyota Aristo 3.0V
Stock Number: 4652
One of the coolest performance sedans to come out of the '90s was, low and behold, one of the most nondescript sedans to come out of the Toyota factory. Who wouldn't want traditional Lexus comfort paired with one of the most legendary motors ever produced? The color combo is particularly interesting on this one with a one-off two-tone setup. While it still sports its original Polar Silver (199) the lower half of the bodyline was done is an awesome contrasting Seal Gray. While obviously not factory optioned, at the least the lower half was resprayed at some point in time. Overall the paint looks really good as opposed to the more common wraps we see on cars these days. With a mere 31K verified miles it comes as little surprise that the car looks as good as it does, even after 25 years. The bodywork tells the same story with only a typical stone chip and door ding or two. Clearly the previous owner cared about their vehicle and treated it accordingly which is always reassuring. The exterior has been kept all stock all the way down to the factory rain guards. Making this an awesome blank slate to build from or an unmolested new daily.
The interior is just as clean as the body which is exactly what you'd expect out of a proper luxury car. Luxury cars were more of a status symbol, no different than they are today, so they subsequently were better maintained. The grey executive cloth is considerably nicer than the leather counterparts which is why its the more common option. The power driver and passenger seats are both in fantastic condition, free of the common bolster wear or obnoxious stains. The back seats are in even better shape with really nothing of concern to note since I can't imagine they've seen too much use over the years. Power seats were a rarity, along with other things like cruise control, on cars of this era. We take things like that for granted these days so it's refreshing to have some of those luxuries on top of the rarity aspect. You also get some of the more common things like power windows, automatic climate control, power locks, and power-folding mirrors. All of which are working just as they should, even the factory radio is still kicking (as best as it can stateside that is.) The carpet is in overall great shape as well along with the door panels which have only minor, if any, wear present. The dash is free of any cracks or major sun damage which can be an issue with Toyotas over time. Even the most high use pieces; the steering wheel and gear selector look nearly new.
At the heart of this Aristo is the infamous twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE. This powerful straight 6 which is underrated from the factory at 280hp is notorious for making 600+ wheel horsepower with bolt on's and stock internals. This one has obviously been kept all stock, just like the rest of the car so there's little concern about how it was treated over the years. For instance, the timing belt which is always one of the biggest concerns was done right about 1K miles ago just before leaving Japan. The power on tap is perfect and the Aristo gets up to speed as quickly as you want. If you've never experienced a 2J before you'll be blown away by how linear the power comes on. It's the closes most of us will ever come to being the engineer of a freight train, the power never seems to want to end. Shifts through the robust automatic transmission are smooth and pleasant seeing as these are more GT than sports car. It has no issues with handling the power, and even if you choose to throw some power adders it'll still be more than ready. All of the same bolt-on parts for the Supra overlap so there's no shortage of power adders readily available if you want to take that route. They do have a sport and snow mode on the trans which will allow you to hang in gear a bit longer to ensure that you stay right in the torque curve. The straight-six makes for a very smooth idle, and when you pair that up with the factory suspension you get one very smooth ride out of it. Because of that fact this car is more of a GT car, it's plenty capable but really meant for you to enjoy the ride. With four new tires, a fresh oil change, a new air filter we have this one ready to roll. The Aristo really is about as close as it comes to a Japanese M5 and that's saying something. Plenty comfortable, all while secretly being quicker than half the cars sold these days. Slap a few goodies on it and you'll really have a highway monster on your hands that that's just as at home getting you to the office on time in the morning.
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