1995 Toyota Celsior UCF21
Stock Number: 4360
1995 marked the debut of the second generation of Toyota's famed Celsior (LS400.) Taking an already legendary chassis and improving upon it is a tall order, but Toyota was up to the task. The wheelbase was stretched, it's 1UZ-FE heart was updated, along with about 90% of the rest of the car. Not only was the car larger creating more interior space, but it was also lighter shaving around 200lbs off the outgoing model. With it's sharper new lines it became one of the most recognizable luxury cars of the time. Finished in Toyota's classic Black (202) you really can't go wrong. The paint looks great and only has some typical clear coat etching from the weather over the years. Otherwise, the paint and body look awesome for its age and are largely blemish-free. Then again only having 46K verified miles the condition comes as little surprise. The exterior has been left all stock giving you a blank canvas for those who want to build a proper VIP car. The new generation of the UCF came equipped with Toyota's Skyhook adaptive computerized air suspension which equates to a ride akin to flying on a cloud. To those with a keen eye, you may notice that the car is sitting a good bit lower than stock in the photos. When it arrived with us there was an aftermarket air controller installed that had failed; we have since removed it and reset the car to its factory height.
The revised interior really is a place you could spend all day in. The gray cloth used is particularly soft and the seats are incredibly plush. Even the seats themselves utilize a new spring design to increase comfort on long drives. The seats are in great shape with hardly any signs of wear. Typically we see some wear along the bolsters or some discoloration over the years but this one has been spared from all of that. Even the expansive dash is crack-free with no typical signs of sun damage. The carpeting shows just as well and even has the fancy factory floor mats in surprisingly clean shape. This was one of the first models to have an optional CD-based GPS system built-in which was some seriously cutting edge technology for the era. Being that the system was designed for the Japanese it does have limited functionality here stateside, but it is a novel piece to show off with. You may be able to run a US disc to gain some functionality, however, we have not had a chance to test that theory. These also came saddled with just about every feature you could come up with. Dual-zone climate control, in-dash 6 disc changer, cruise control, power seats, even the seat belt height is powered. Being a Toyota means that everything is still actually functioning like it's supposed to.
Mechanically you can't go wrong with a big brooding V8 sending its power outback. With 260hp and 270tq, the 1UZ-FE is silky smooth with more than enough power to get the big cruiser down the highway. Its automatic transmission has several selectable modes, however, most all of us will simply drop it straight into drive and cruise on. The trans engages without any hiccups and is surprisingly quick to shift. Thanks to a new battery the 1UZ fires up hesitation free and just received a fresh oil change as well. Since these are fundamentally the same as the USDM variant you can have it serviced by your local Lexus dealer if you wanted to. For those into the VIP scene, there is no shortage of parts readily available to make this car really your own. This platform has stood the test of time and has consistently been one of the best platforms that we bring over. Great to drive, easy to work on, and has proven to be bulletproof. What more could you ask for in the perfect daily driver?
*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.