1995 Toyota Celsior UCF Type C
Pending Sale: $11,995
Over ninety percent of the Toyota Celsior was redesigned for its second generation, the UCF21. The body panels were resculpted, the interior was upgraded, giving it more usable space than before. Improving the horsepower on the 1UZ, as well as removing some weight from the platform, made for a sharper driving sedan with an increase in performance and fuel economy. This 1995 is finished in the factory optional and highly desirable Black Jade Metallic (6N9). The color is wild, depending on the lighting it's either a deep emerald green or black which isn't something you'd often find coming out of the factory back at this point. There are naturally a few stone chips and clear coat scratches, but nothing you wouldn't anticipate to find on a 26-year-old sedan. Door dings have been kept to a minimum but you're always bound to find one or two if you look hard. In all reality, though there's really not much you can gripe about with this UCF. It even has the rear factory privacy tint, so all it's missing are the front windows to really cap the looks off.
The cabin exudes luxury, and the time Toyota spent on premium materials and proper ergonomics is apparent. The Celsior is filled with high-quality touches and materials. Wood, leather, and soft-touch plastics combine to form a rich feeling interior that has aged exceptionally well. The cabin is nearly silent with the exception of the factory touchscreen audio that even has a 6 disc changer in the top glovebox from the factory. We always try to note that the Japanese radio frequency is different than what the US uses so it is a bit limited, but the fact the Nav screen still works is a big thing. The full dual-zone climate control was well ahead of its time. As were all the other features like standard dual SRS front airbags, power tilting and telescoping wheel, along with power windows, locks, and folding mirrors; shoot, even the seat belt height adjustment is powered. The seats are incredibly comfortable and would make for the ideal spot to settle in on an all-day road trip. Both front seats are fully power-adjustable which is another of the power accessories we don't see often. The leather is in great shape with hardly any wear or blemishes to note. UCF21's have a larger rear seat than the vehicle that preceded it, and a massive rear center console includes two drink holders to match the accommodations upfront. They even went so far as to add a trash can up front!
The engine and driveline utilized in the second generation Celsior are nearly perfect. The 1UZ-FE received a healthy power bump for '95 and the platform itself saw a noticeable weight reduction. This improves overall performance and efficiency without sacrificing reliability. When we jest about these being bulletproof they've been proven to do literally a million miles with routine service, so coming in with 51K verified miles is a mere drop in the bucket. The big V8 fires up with a quick twist of the key. Setting into a near-silent idle, the 4.0L unit has surprisingly little vibration. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an automatic gearbox. The transmission shifts properly and the large four-door is happy to hustle up to and above highway-legal speeds without breaking a sweat. The air suspension does a wonderful job of sorting out road imperfections large and small. Ride height is also adjustable through a cockpit mounted switch located by the gear selector. The brakes are confident and the steering is light and power-assisted. As a daily driver, VIP platform, or weekend cruiser the Celsior set the bar when it first debuted and has continued with that tradition. Between its build quality, luxurious appointments, and upscale styling the Celsior really can't be beaten!
*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.