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1996 Toyota Aristo

 

 

This 1996 Toyota Aristo is a unique Japanese-import luxury sedan which presents in unmodified condition. Under the bonnet lies a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six-cylinder engine which sends 205 kW (275 hp) to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. The odometer of this car currently shows 161,241km.

 

 

Wearing a Toyota badge but with Lexus engineering under its skin is this unique Toyota Aristo – a JDM icon and rare find especially in Australia. The car is more commonly known as the Lexus GS in non-Japanese markets. Built as a performance luxury sedan, the Toyota Aristo was fitted with a series of high-powered engines, including this example’s renowned 2JZ powerplant. As the first-generation iteration this Toyota Aristo features a design penned by Giugiaro and luxurious fittings more commonly aligned with Lexus. It even shared its platform underpinnings with Toyota’s flagship executive sedan, the Toyota Crown. Four generations have been released altogether, though the Aristo nameplate ceased to exist when Toyota launched the Lexus brand in its home market in 2005. The Lexus GS range is now discontinued making this genesis car a unique offering amongst its European alternatives.

 

 

Finished in single-tone silver on the outside and sporting a grey cloth interior, this Aristo’s colour combination is sure to find wide appeal. It is a stock standard example since new, still retaining much of its original Japanese delivery documents. Even the original radio system is included. The car currently rides on a set of original 16-inch Toyota alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tyres.

 

 

This car was built new in Japan and delivered within its home market. It came to Australia in 2008 through Red Line Motorsports in South Australia, a Japanese importer. The current owner purchased the vehicle shortly after its importation and has held the vehicle since. It received a new cam belt around this time. According to the owner it has been serviced every 10,000kms by either Barossa Service Station or Roberts Auto Service. The seller asserts that the vehicle is in perfect mechanical condition, with the last service taking place in April 2019.

 

 

Presentation of this vehicle is strong. The silver paintwork shows in great order throughout, with strong reflections and no obvious swirl marks. Some very minor paint aberrations are seen around the left-hand-side A-pillar, while the owner notes a touch-up to the driver-side front panel. The headlights are beginning to yellow with age, as is common for JDM cars of its era. Wheels show in fair condition overall with slight weathering.

 

 

Interior-wise, this Aristo shows in good order. The seats show no obvious sagging or fraying, and the fabric has not creased with age. Discolouration and staining is seen on the car’s thick carpeting, especially in the front row. Trim and instrument panels show in good condition without cracking to the woodgrain elements, though some repeated use marks are noted on certain switchgear.

 

 

This car will come with a suite of original documentation, service records, and a spare wheel with replacement Bridgestone Potenza tyre.

 

 

To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in South Australia until 16/12/22. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.

 

 

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