1997 Celsior Type C
Toyota's UCF21 Celsior was an important vehicle for the brand and managed to improve upon what was already an extraordinarily durable, luxurious, and stylish flagship saloon. 1997 models saw a mid-cycle refresh, with an upgraded front fascia, variable valve timing, and a new 5 speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. It's no secret we're fans of these old Japanese barges and this 1997 Type C is a perfect reason why. Finished in Toyota's crisp Alpine Silver Metallic (199) this Celsior has classic looks and with a complementary set of polished 5 spoke alloys, there's little more to be desired from this timeless exterior. Despite it's dashing good looks we do want to note a replacement of the right rear quarter in Japan, but going off of appearances this Celsior was patched up in no time! Boasting only 77k verified/documented miles this Celsior is fresh off a recent service and is the one you've been waiting for, don't let this Japanese Classic get away!
The interior is in terrific condition for a 25 year old vehicle. Unlike their US counterparts, Japanese market Celsiors were often optioned with plush factory executive cloth, and luckily this grey velour-esque upholstery has remained in great shape over the years. The dash shows well, too with no cracks, peeling, or sun damage to be found. The complimentary tortoise trim is spiffy and houses a fully functional OEM audio unit with a 6 disc CD changer. The driver benefits from some added accessibility in the cabin. Four way power seats and a power tilt and telescoping wheel allow you to dial in the perfect driving position and dual front and side SRS airbags provide for some additional safety for all occupants. A chauffeur's vehicle at heart, the Celsior certainly doesn't skimp on power amenities. Dual zone climate control with cold A/C is fully functional, and power windows, power locks, power folding mirrors, and a power moonroof all work at the push of a button. The nifty factory keyless entry system works too! The rear seats are spacious and rear passengers even get their own set of climate control vents and a multipurpose storage compartment in the center armrest. The headliner is tight and taut, and with the inclusion of the original carpeted floor mats, first aid kit, tool kit, owner's manual, and maintenance booklet, this Celsior should satisfy its stateside owner just fine.
The UCF21 didn't earn its reputation as a tank overnight. Aside from receiving multiple awards for its legendary drivetrain, the Celsior has proven to be one of the most durable platforms on the road, with several examples clocking over a million miles on the odometer. The stout 1UZ-FE is the mastermind behind it all, a steadfast 4.0 V8 designed to be both silent and powerful. Fresh off an oil and filter service this engine cranks to life care of a new 12v battery and is near whisper-quiet at idle. Acceleration is potent, mostly due to the reworked powertrain, and the interstate is where this Celsior really shines. This model even features OEM cruise control, which unfortunately due to Japanese law at the time only works below 62mph. The luxury Toyota driving experience is second to none, with little road or wind noise present in the cabin. The suspension glides over road imperfections large and small and the brakes do more than enough to slow this superb slab down during a traffic jam, thanks to new front brake pads and rotors installed in house! This Celsior is the perfect daily driver or road trip warrior, and 4 Bridgestone tires are knee deep in tread to put you on track for tens of thousands of comfortable miles ahead!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.