1997 Toyota Celsior UCF21
Many have tried and plenty have failed, but Toyota's Celsior is a near unbeatable luxury sedan. Our 1997 is a great example of this tried and true platform. It stands as a testament to the quality the brand was pumping out onto the production line towards the end of the century. Finished in Diamond White Pearl (051) and accented by two-tone bodywork, this durable sedan shows only a few light chips and nicks from day to day use, and has racked up a meager 90k verified and documented miles on the clock. Underpinned by a revised, buttery-smooth V8 and an interior comfy enough for nearly any road trip, we can't find enough good things to say about this Japanese Classic UCF21.
The interior is trimmed in a matching executive grey leather and holds its own against most options on the current market! Unlike our stateside examples, the upholstery has resisted any serious wear and tear over the years and the heated, power front seats are devoid of any unwanted rips, stains, or tears. The dash is well bolstered, tucks nicely into the front of the cabin, and dual front and side SRS airbags are on hand to give all passengers some extra peace of mind. The driver benefits from an electric tilt/telescoping steering column, and the switchgear for the audio and dual-zone climate control are all within arms reach and accessible via a nifty factory touchscreen. The display still shows clearly, and both cold A/C and hot heat are able to be dialed in individually when needed. All four power windows are automatic, and the power locks and electric folding heated side mirrors are all in good operation. A spacious power moonroof also slides fore and aft to funnel extra national ventilation throughout the cabin. Designed as a chauffeur's vehicle, the rear bench offers ample head and legroom for passengers of all shapes and sizes, and the trunk is spacious to boot, no pun intended! As a whole, the cockpit is well insulated, allowing nary a sound or vibration through, and with features like the original power seatbelt adjusters and keyless entry still functioning, this classic cabin really hits the mark! We even retained the factory carpet mats and owner's manual to further protect your investment!
The 1UZ-FE under the bonnet is one of Toyota's best creations to date and we're fortunate it can accompany a chassis as good as the UCF21. Revised in '97 with VVT-i capability and a hefty power boost, this V8 is powerful, refined, and excels in just about every driving condition! Ours is fresh off a recent service by our trained technicians and cranks over with haste care of a new 12v battery. A fresh oil and filter service was performed, and while we did want to note a minor seep from the oil pan gasket this 1UZ hardly sweats a drop and drives like a champ from city drives to longer highway excursions. We even mounted up a new fuel filter to keep any pesky contaminants out of your petrol. Radar-adaptive cruise control is just about the coolest piece of automotive technology from 1997 and it's fully functional as well. Shifts through the automatic transmission are smooth and direct and the addition of one forward gear really pays dividends for overall refinement and fuel economy. The factory air suspension floats over road imperfections large and small with nary a bounce or creak, and we replaced new front caster arm bushings and rear toe arm bushings to shore up the handling a bit. The power steering is feather light and the ABS brakes can screech the tires on command if needed. Further aiding grip, comfort, and handling, we installed fresh all-season Falken tires on all four corners, sure to last 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.