1997 Toyota Aristo V300
A one-owner, twin-turbo Aristo doesn't arrive every day, so take a close look at this 1997. Boasting only 57k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced sedan is a clean little ride, and turn key ready to rock. Equipped with some expensive factory upgrades and rare equipment, this JZS161 is a sleeper of sorts, powered by a firebreathing 2JZ-GTE. Finished in Alpine Silver (199), the paint is in good shape aside from some normal dings and scratches associated with normal use. As a competent daily driver, smooth weekend cruiser, or highway sleeper, this Aristo would be ideal. Refined, reliable, and most importantly fast, this Japanese Classic won't last long!
The cabin is one of the nicest we can recall in recent memory, and was cared for in a prior life. We wanted to point out a few highlights, which include the optional JBL sound system and the heated, power-front leather front seats. Both, by the way, are in good shape and the rest of the interior could be described in the same way. The leather in the back seat looks hardly used, and the door cards are in equally good nick. The dash lacks any cracking or fading and houses dual front SRS airbags. They are complemented by a set of dual-side SRS airbags for the safety-conscious. A touch screen factory head unit is easy to use, and the controls for the digital dual-zone climate control system can be found there, too. The air conditioning and heat work in typical Toyota fashion in case you live in a seasonal climate zone, and the controls are intuitive. Power windows roll down immediately for those who prefer natural ventilation for the springtime ahead in case A/C isn't your style. An electric steering column, power locks, and mirrors all make daily use even more enjoyable. The carpets are protected by the OEM front and rear mats and the headliner has resisted major abuse over the years. Overall, it's really hard to nitpick this vehicle except for the passenger side front mirror no longer power folds. Still, at a quarter century old, this beauty has aged like fine wine.
The new generation Aristos were a massive step up in refinement, safety, and sportiness. The powerplant is the centerpiece of the vehicle, and the 2JZ-GTE has a legendary reputation. Advances like VVT-i and traction control were cutting-edge at the time. The six-cylinder is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly, care of a new 12v battery. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox, power is sent to the rear wheels, as it should be in any real sports saloon. Merging onto the highway is an exhilarating affair and the top-end power is colossal. The suspension has been refreshed with new front lower ball joints and soaks up bumps and road imperfections with confidence. The power steering is nicely weighted, communicative, and on point. When all that mass gets up to, and above highway speeds, stopping can be of paramount importance. The standard ABS brakes have been bolstered by new front pads and rotors that were installed by one of our trained techs. This lead sled now stops on a dime, although we did want to note the typical nitrogen booster sound that afflict these 161s. The all-season tires are knee-deep in tread and ride quietly. A fresh alignment guarantees this Aristo will track straight as an arrow, and prolong the life of the rubber!
*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.