1997 JZS161 Toyota Aristo
When Toyota sought to redesign the Aristo for its second generation, they undeniably pushed the boundaries of what a sport sedan could be. Featuring a potent twin-turbocharged powerplant responsive enough to upset supercars, and a fully-loaded interior that rivaled even Germany's most premium offerings, the S161 Aristo is a timeless chassis that only gets better with age. This 1997 "Vertex Edition" has all the options and maintenance performed to make for a true turn-key Toyota tourer! Finished in Silver Metallic (199) the exterior is in good shape. Aside from some expected rock chips and dings along the exterior, this one shows well overall, and we wanted to note the install of a replacement front left fender to get the appearance up to snuff. Although relatively barebones in terms of exterior options, the self leveling HID headlamps, OEM rainguards, privacy tint, and handsome polished 17" alloys more than make up for this one's rather understated appearance. Boasting only 94k verified/documented miles on the clock, this classic Toyota is barely broken in, too! Stylish, comfortable, and capable in just about every facet of the market, this Aristo is a Japanese Classic ready for just about anything.
The interior is comfortable, spacious, and packed to the brim with amenities sure to make the daily driving experience a bit more enjoyable for all pilots and passengers. The most immediate difference with this particular model is certainly the two-tone sport cloth upholstery, which is a stark contrast from the often-seen leather trimmings in our Aristo inventory. The seats show well, with no rips, tears, or even bolster wear to note. While both driver and passenger benefit from 8-way and 4-way power adjustable seating respectively, we must note that on the passenger side only the reclining feature works. Still, the seat is positioned to allow plenty of room, front and rear, and the driver's lumbar support works to boot. Adding to the laundry list of interior equipment are some much needed safety options, including both front and side dual SRS airbags. The driver has plenty of adjustability to tailor the driving experience to their needs. The steering column offers electric tilt functionality, although we must note the power telescope function has given up the ghost. Positioned in the center stack is Toyota's EMV system, a versatile touch screen that integrates both audio and climate controls in one easy to navigate unit. The HVAC has both hot heat and ice cold A/C on hand for when the climate permits, and the dual zone feature allows the passenger to adjust the cabin to their own tastes. All four windows are automatic, and even the mirrors come equipped with a functional power folding feature as well. Add in power locks, and a power moonroof, and you'll certainly feel comfortable in this well-appointed interior. The rear bench serves up plenty of additional space for three extra passengers, and the trunk is decently sized for any additional storage space. Overall, there's not much to gripe about with this interior condition. Pickier pilots may need to see past some door card wear, but otherwise, this is a nicely apportioned cabin, with the original carpeted floor mats on hand to protect your factory upholstery from spills and stains!
Under the hood, the 2JZ-GTE stands loud and proud in its refreshed, VVT-i form. Sharing the same parts, serviceability, and ease of modification as the storied A80 Supra, these are legendary mills. Ours has undergone a full service in house to deliver a turn key experience that can be enjoyed from the first start up! This one cranks over swiftly, care of a new 12v battery, and the idle is as smooth as you'd expect from a luxury Toyota. A fresh air filter keeps her breathing healthily, feeding fresh air to the responsive twin turbochargers in a jiffy. With a fresh oil and filter service, and reseal of the oil pan keeping this one topped up on lubrication, she drives like a dream. Deceptively quick in stock form, this Aristo rockets to highway speeds at the snap of a finger and can cruise with ease. The automatic transmission is equally as smooth in operation, and a selectable manual mode is even at hand, delivering plenty of responsive shifts up and down the gears. New struts on all four corners give this one a hefty refresh in ride quality gobbling up road imperfections large and small with ease. Power is hammered to the rear wheels swiftly, and new Falken rubber on all four corners should prevent any unwanted slips or slides for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*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.