1989 Toyota Crown
SOLD FOR $8,900
Up for sale we have this lovely 1989 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon. The car has just completed the importation process from Japan, and comes with all the associated paperwork, including the owners manual and service book. It has been evaluated as a grade 3.5 car at auction, and is in superb running and driving condition.
As evidenced by the many included photos, the exterior is in fantastic shape. These cars possess a simple but stately design accented by nice details such as frameless door windows, elegant c-pillar badging, and chrome-topped fender mirrors. There is no rust or paint bubbling visible anywhere on the car. The paint has been brought back to a deep luster with a comprehensive process that included a clay bar treatment, compounding, and polishing job. It was then followed up with a paint sealant to give long-lasting protection. There are some short, hairline scratches visible, but they only become apparent upon close-up inspection. Another area of note is a moderate scuff to the left corner of the rear bumper, but it doesn't do much to detract from the overall appearance. Yokohama tires have plenty of tread remaining, but they are older and will need replacement if any driving of substance is to be undertaken.
The whole of the interior is bathed in a medium blue that contrasts very nicely against the glossy black paint work. The seat cloths front and rear show almost no wearing at all, and the foam beneath feels firm and supportive. The intricately woven, lace seat-toppers are commonly found in Japan on these older, higher-market cars, and is a pretty cool way to finish off that JDM feel. These were cleaned upon the car's arrival, and fit snugly and securely. Power front seats, mirrors, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with memory feature highlight the electrical accessories, and the functioning bumper-mounted parking sensor emits warning beeps through the stereo speakers.
The digital instrument display is fully functional, and can cycle between several different modes to suit the driver's preference. To the left of the steering wheel is a five inch auxiliary screen that features a CD-ROM-based navigation system with color CRT display; a world first at the time of introduction. Being a JDM car, all digital readouts and most button placards are in Japanese, but the basics can be understood after spending some time with it. The TEMS (Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension) is controlled by switchgear located near the shift lever, and along with standard traction control, is able to give a wide driving dynamic depending on driver selection.
The rear of the cabin has a cold box mounted in the hat shelf that runs off the A/C system. It is fully functioning, has enough room for a couple bento boxes with drinks, and is able to keep items cold for a time after the engine is switched off. Continuing on the luxury theme, the spacious rear seats also recline a fair amount, and the front passenger seat can move all the way to the dashboard, affording a generous amount of rear legroom. Two sets of OEM floor mats are also included; one a standard carpet, and the second is a thick shag that is super comfortable once you kick off your shoes for a long trip. Power rear curtains are another nice factory-spec item, and these operate quietly and without issue.
Moving to the engine bay, the 4.0 liter V8 features a belt-driven, quad-cam setup, and four valves per cylinder. It made its Crown debut for this model year, was also shared with the American-market Lexus LS400, and has proven itself over the years to be an extremely reliable and long-running power plant. A standard and unmodified 1UZ-FE like this one is capable of putting out 251 HP and 260 lb/ft, and though the car has a curb weight north of 3,600 lbs, its linear power band moves this machine down the road smoothly and with purpose. A Toyota Master Tech converted the A/C to R-134 spec and it blows exceedingly cold, even in the Florida heat. The oil was also changed, but all other fluids, hoses, and fuses were deemed to be serviceable and left in place. Cosmetics under hood are very tidy, and there is no evidence of corrosion, road grime, or fluid deposits anywhere. I have included several videos that highlight the motor running at idle and under load on the highway, and it runs quiet with no issues. 54k miles are indicated.
The undercarriage shows a bit of minor surface rust, but nothing is beyond superficial. It can easily be taken care of in a weekend with some basic tools and perhaps a lift to make the job easier.