1997 UCF20 Celsior
It's hard to deny the Celsior's value in terms of comfort, reliability, and build quality overall. Our facelift-model 1997 is finished in a seldom seen Atlantis Blue Mica (8L4), and is set off by two tone grey accents. Save for some minor paint imperfections and spots of etching and fade in the clearcoat, the exterior shows well overall and would make for a killer highway cruiser or a chariot to chauffeur your friends and family about. Better yet, the 24k miles are verified and documented and really do a lot for this classic Celsior's value. Known globally for longevity, quality, and a butter-smooth ownership experience, it goes without saying the Celsior is a definitive Japanese Classic.
Visually similar to our stateside LS400's, the interior of this Celsior is a completely different beast. That's all thanks to executive wool upholstery, which not only looks great against the blue paintwork, it also keeps your occupants from sloshing about the cabin during more demanding twists and turns. The fabric shows well overall and everything is in good shape, from the headliner to the plush factory carpets which have been kept tidy by some stout OEM floormats. Safety was Toyota's top priority when refreshing the Celsior's interior for late '97, and dual SRS airbags are present in the front and sides for some extra peace of mind behind the wheel. To further dial in optimal cruising comfort, both driver and passenger benefit from power adjustable seating and the pilot gains a power tilt/telescoping steering column for a more tailored fit. The center touch screen integrates OEM audio and dual zone climate control into one accessible unit, and as you'd expect this Celsior is ripe with cold A/C and hot heat. All four windows are automatic, and the power locks and electric folding side mirrors do too! Even the seatbelts are power height adjustable and work like new. The rear bench can comfortably seat three additional passengers, and if you can live with a missing factory spare, a dim multifunction display and some loss of gloss on the wood accent trim this comfortable cabin is a great place to be for all.
Redesigned for the tail end of the 1997 model year, Toyota bolstered their "million-mile" 1UZ-FE engine with VVT-i capability and an extra forward gear in the transmission to refine the driving experience a tad. The result is a pleasantly quick, smooth, and easy to service drivetrain that's likely to outlive its next owner if taken care of. Ours is fresh off a oil and filter service and one of our trained techs also dropped in a new 12v battery to aid ignition. A new alternator and AC compressor were installed and are driven by new serpentine belts, and we replaced the engine air filter and spark plugs to ensure this V8 stays running right as rain. Acceleration is impressive for this prominent barge and shifts through the 5 speed auto are smooth and predictable as you'd expect. The factory coil spring suspension is well engineered and the cabin is rock-solid and insulated against any unwanted road or wind noise. To improve handling, we also installed new caster arm bushings up front and trailing arm bushings at the rear knuckles. Braking is strong and confident, and we installed new rear pads so this Celsior would pass state safety inspection with flying colors. Further aiding grip, comfort, and stopping power, the factory alloys are wrapped in brand new Falken rubber. The all-seasons are comfortable, predictable, and should deliver tens of thousands of miles of unencumbered grip 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.