1997 Toyota Aristo Six-Speed
Available for: $30,995
This luxury sedan solves a dilemma which has plagued enthusiasts for decades. How do you justify Toyota's MKIV Supra as a luxurious, well-rounded family vehicle? Not to fear, the answer lies in our Getrag-swapped Aristo V300. Finished in Toyota's Silver Metallic paint (199) and showing only minor light chips, scuffs, and dings associated with normal use, this aggressive sedan is sure to turn plenty of heads with its lowered stance, 19" Tom's forged alloys, one-off front lip, and OEM rainguards. Additionally, the rear has been spruced up with a carbon fiber license plate garnish, Tom's rear bumper insert, a FRP trunk lip spoiler, and a subtle FRP roof spoiler. While the mileage is unknown and unverified, this "four-door Supra" looks to have been well maintained and is a great option for daily use, spirited backroad driving, or even weekend trips to the road course! While this beautiful boat is an undeniable head-turner, we did want to note a replacement of the right rear door, rear quarter, and trunk lid. Nonetheless, the repair speaks for itself and this Aristo is ready for a new lease on life stateside. Fast, luxurious, and just downright fun, this recently serviced sleeper is definitely a Japanese Classic and surely won't last long.
The interior carries over the same luxurious aesthetic as the exterior, and features a healthy amount of power amenities to make daily driving a cinch. The dash is trimmed in with black walnut accents and is in good shape, with no cracking, sun fading, or other unwanted age-related defects. We would like to note the center console has been modified to accept the six-speed manual transmission and the pull style handbrake. Dual-zone digital automatic climate control is fully operational for picky passengers, and cold A/C is on the ready to help keep the black leather cool in the summer months. The factory touch screen head unit is still fully functional as is the optional JBL premium audio system. The driver benefits from power windows, power folding mirrors, a power moonroof, and even keyless entry, which all function properly. The leather seats benefit from 4-way power adjustability, and standard front and side SRS airbags, making it plenty safe and comfortable for long road trips. The driver also benefits from a power tilt steering column, although the telescoping feature has given up the ghost. The upholstery presents nicely, with only some light expected bolster wear, and the rear seats are plush and offer plenty of legroom to comfortably haul the rest of the family. The carpets, headliner and door cards have also held up well, with no excessive staining, sagging, or wear to note. Overall, It’s clear to us this Aristo was well cared for in a prior life. If you can see past some cracking trim around the center speaker, inoperable seat heaters, and typical wear to the touch points, this might be the perfect performance-based saloon!
The phrase 2JZ-GTE means little to anyone not associated with the performance car scene, but aspiring Aristo enthusiasts will surely believe the hype once the hood is popped on this incredible saloon. At the end of the day the drivetrain is what makes this Toyota so special, as the Aristo was never optioned from the factory with the Supra's legendary V160 manual gearbox. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 3.0L kicks over promptly thanks to a new 12v battery we have installed here stateside. We also replaced the fuel pump and filter to reliably deliver petrol to the 2J. The inline-six sounds great in factory form but this one emits a raucous roar thanks to a Blitz intake, Greddy front mount intercooler, and a Tom's catback exhaust. For those looking to turn it up a notch, an electronic boost controller is sneakily tucked away in the glove compartment to adjust PSI's on the fly. Our trained technicians performed a thorough transmission service while up on the lift, replacing the output shaft seal and performing a full fluid flush to ensure this drivetrain operates smoothly under both daily and performance driving. The upper and lower radiator hoses are also new and a brand new serpentine belt rounds out the engine maintenance. On throttle this feisty four-door is a riot, and shifts through the 6 speed box are smooth and direct, but we would like to note a second-gear whine common in the V160 gearbox. With the power being fed directly to the rear wheels, a quality suspension setup is necessary, and Cusco coilovers, Cusco sway bars, and Cusco cross member and strut braces are all on hand helping this big body corner like no other on the road or track. Additionally, the Tom's alloys are wrapped in brand new Falken tires. Not only do they quiet down road noise significantly, they deliver plenty of grip in all conditions!
*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