1997 Toyota Aristo
Toyota's famed Aristo does everything well. It's fast, luxurious, spacious, and reliable. It's neat to see modified versions, such as this 1997, as most of these lovely sedans have remained stock over the years. Packing a VVT-i version of the legendary 2JZ-GTE, this Toyota is turn-key ready to rock, and fresh off a recent service. At only 95k verified miles, this engine is barely broken in, and this trusty five-seater would make for a wonderful daily driver, fun weekend cruiser, and show car alike. Finished in Natural White (051) this four-door is set off by Artisan Spirits fenders, 19" Advan AVS alloys, privacy tint, and a TTE Style front lip. It does have a few scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal wear and tear, but this is not a show queen, it's a driver! Affordable, safe, practical packed full of expensive upgrades and extras, this Japanese Classic is an incredible value for your dollar!
The cabin is filled with decent amenities, loads of space, and a couple of pricey upgrades. The dashboard is in good shape and lacks any cracking or distortion. The driver can keep an eye on the engine vitals through a suite of gauges. Oil temperature, pressure, coolant temp, and boost levels are just a glance away. A passenger SRS airbag adds some peace of mind and the driver receives a sporty Nardi leather-wrapped steering wheel to grip through the twisties. It's mounted atop an electric column that functions and both front occupants have electric seats, covered in a rare black leather. Aside from the normal wear you'd expect on cowhides of this age there are no major blemishes otherwise. The driver benefits from power folding mirrors, electric door locks, and power windows to make daily driving more manageable. The digital dual-zone climate control system is intuitive to operate and is ready to blast piping hot heat or cold A/C through the cabin. If you prefer more natural ventilation, a rare OEM sunroof can be slid back with the press of a button. The JBL OEM audio upgrade is linked to a Pioneer head unit that works like a charm. The headliner and door cards are in good shape and the carpets have resisted major abuse over the past 25 years. All in all, it's remarkable how well the interior has held together over the years, and it's clear this one was cared for in a prior life.
We all know the 2JZ-GTE is a good enough reason to buy this car alone. It's a smooth, potent inline-six that responds positively well to power adders and modifications. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L cranks to life effortlessly, care of a new 12v battery. A host of performance upgrades can be found under the bonnet, including a Blitz Intake system and Blitz blow-off valve. Intake air is fed through a massive HPI front mount to keep the charged chilled. To give this wonderful mill a refresh one of our trained techs took care of some major maintenance. Starting with the timing belt and water pump which were replaced with new units. This expensive service will add some peace of mind for the new owner, but we didn't stop there. New cam seals were taken care of, as was a new fuel pump, which was installed for good measure. Linked to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox, power is supplied to the rear wheels as it should in a proper sports saloon. This platform sails up to highway speeds, and above, so be careful to keep an eye on the speedometer. It handles as well as it accelerates and this Aristo corners flatly thanks to a set of fully adjustable Blitz coilovers. The chassis is stiffened thanks to a Cusco rear sway bar and rear 4-link brace. Front and rear strut tower braces tie things together even more, and an Ultimate Racing front chassis brace rounds out suspension upgrades. This Toyota brakes with confidence and the power steering is on point and weighted nicely. The 19" AVS Model T5 alloy wheels are perfectly suited for the aesthetic and are wrapped in new tires at all four corners.
*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.