Stock Number: 4919
1995 marked the debut of the second generation of Toyota’s famed Celsior (LS400.) Taking an already legendary chassis and improving upon it is a tall order, but Toyota was up to the task. The wheelbase was stretched, its 1UZ-FE heart was updated, along with about 90% of the rest of the car. Not only was the car larger creating more interior space, but it was also lighter shaving around 200lbs off the outgoing model. With its sharper new lines, it became one of the most recognizable luxury cars of the time. After years of pursuit, the Japanese could finally make the argument that they had produced a finer luxury sedan than BMW and Mercedes. Finished in Toyota’s classic Black (202) you really can’t go wrong. The paint looks good and only has some typical clear coat etching from the weather over the years. Black cars are notorious for showing weather damage like that more so than the lighter body cars do. Otherwise, the paint and body look awesome for its age and are largely blemish-free. Then again only having 42K verified miles the condition comes as little surprise. The exterior has been left all stock giving you a blank canvas for those who want to build a proper VIP car.
The interior has been kept in just as great of shape, if not better, than the exterior has. The revised interior really is a place you could spend all day in. The UCF21 and UCF10 have the same overall dimensions but the 21 has a much larger wheelbase. A slightly better highway ride is noticeable because of the stretch, but also way more interior space. The gray cloth used is particularly soft and the seats are incredibly plush. Even the seats themselves utilize a new spring design to increase comfort on long drives. The seats are in great shape with hardly any signs of wear. Typically we see some wear along the bolsters or some discoloration over the years but this one has been spared from all of that. Even the factory doilies have held up well, even if they’re not quite your style. The expansive dash is crack-free with no typical signs of sun damage. The carpeting shows just as well, the same can be said about the large door cards and that massive headliner. These also came saddled with just about every feature you could come up with. Dual-zone climate control, in-dash 6 disc changer, cruise control, power seats, even the seat belt height is powered. Being a Toyota means that everything is still actually functioning like it’s supposed to with the exception of the automatic parking pole. This was one of the first models to have an optional CD-based GPS system built-in which was some seriously cutting edge technology for the era. Being that the system was designed for the Japanese it does have limited functionality here stateside, but it is a novel piece to show off with.
Under the large sheet metal, bonnet sits a revised version of the legendary 1UZ-FE. More power, a longer wheelbase, and more efficient aerodynamics separate this platform from the prior design. Startup is as smooth as anything we retail and with a turn of a key, the big V8 whirrs to life and is nearly vibration-free. They’re so quiet if you’re not paying attention you may not even notice that its running. The driveline was overengineered to last a lifetime, and its likely the reason that some examples have literally clocked over a million miles. A fresh 12V battery make sure that startup is a breeze regardless of the temperature outside. The Celsior effortlessly gets you up to highway speeds and is equally comfortable around town. Being fitted with the automatic air system its nearly like riding on a cloud. And unlike your grandparent’s old Cadillac it can actually handle taking a freeway offramp without feeling like its going to tip over. The automatic transmission rips off shifts as smooth as butter, and neither suffers from clunking or hesitations. The brakes bring this huge sedan down from speed with confidence and the steering is light and power-assisted. Four new tires make sure you’ve got plenty of grip for whatever the weather decides to do and should last you for many miles to come. As a daily driver, VIP platform, or weekend cruiser the Celsior is a top-notch choice. The build quality, luxury appointments, and upscale styling can’t be beaten for the price!
1994 Toyota Celsior UCF Type-C
Stock Number: 4919