1995 Toyota Sera Phase III
Stock Number: 4570
The Toyota Sera is an engineering marvel. Cited as one of the primary influences in Bruce McLaren's famous F1 road car, the Sera is constructed as a monocoque chassis. As such, the dihedral doors open up like a supercar, and the massive amount of perspex glass nearly eliminates all blind spots. The Sera, simply put, provides a panoramic view of the road, unlike any other vehicle on the road. Finished in an eye-catching Poppy Red (3E6), this 1995 example is being offered with only 64K verified miles. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings and scratches associated with normal use. Boasting easy to source parts and Toyota reliability, this unique ride has been legally imported, fully documented, recently serviced, and is ready to roll!
As a phase three, late production model, the cockpit was fashioned with some decent quality materials compared to when the vehicle was initially launched. The signature characteristic of the model is obviously its dihedral doors. Boasting new air struts, they shoot up hastily, providing a massive opening to enter the cabin. If parking is tight, they need little clearance to open, and for someone who may live in a city, this is quite helpful. Another rarely seen safety feature was projection headlamps. The focused beam aids nighttime driving compared to many JDM compacts of the era. The dash is in good shape, lacking any major cracks or age-related distortion. The factory head unit powers the front speakers, and the automatic climate system works properly. Power mirrors and windows are standard and work well. The front buckets were given a much more modern styling approach than your run of the mill Toyota coupe. The seats are trimmed in a charcoal cloth and are in above average shape. They lack any rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable on long cruises. The carpets have also been well maintained, like the plastic door panels, look clean and well cared for. The liftgate opens wide if you need to stuff a suitcase in the boot, and includes the OEM cargo cover which can be difficult to find.
The nice thing about owning a Sera is that it shares parts with the Toyota Tercel and Paseo here in the USA. At 1.5L this 5E-FHE four-cylinder makes more power than your average Japanese city runabout and benefits from a fresh oil and filter service. Startup is brisk, thanks to a new 12V battery installed by one of our trained techs. The engine whirrs to life and is mated to an automatic gearbox. Powering the front wheels, the gearbox shifts as it should, lacking any hesitation or clunking. The steering is light and power-assisted and the brakes do a decent job of slowing this somewhat hefty two door down to manageable speeds. The suspension is compliant and has been refreshed by a new inner tie rod. The wheels are all wrapped in new all-season rubber that can handle year-round use. They also quiet the ride down a fair amount, making this a great option to commute in or take on a long day trip.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.