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Comfort, spaciousness, luxury, formality. All of these things mattered to the early-1990s Japanese domestic sedan buyer. Today we take a look at a sedan that possesses all of these qualities in spades. It’s the Toyota Crown Royal Saloon, from 1992.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 42c93_00B0B_jKqmI025vs3_1200x900-610x407 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   Earlier this year, we looked at a direct competitor to today’s Crown in the form of the very formal and very doily Nissan Gloria Brougham VIP. The Crown would’ve sat in the Toyota showroom down the street, vying for the same conservative sedan customer yen.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 42c93_00x0x_72EJtVivhpl_1200x900-610x407 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   The Crown nameplate is the oldest still in use by Toyota. Starting off as company’s full-size offering back in 1955, the Crown has continued undisturbed in its sedan-ness for over 60 years.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 42c93_00t0t_kWNFsnydS70_1200x900-610x407 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   By 1992, the Crown had entered its eighth generation. Following its debut for the 1987 model year, it was available in sedan, hardtop, and wagon variants. The hardtop version was the first body style separated from the eighth-generation trio, as the last year it shared a platform with its siblings was 1991.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 0fa47_00e0e_jziGiVTYdby_1200x900-610x407 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   Between introduction and an overall refresh for 1991, the Crown was gifted with a number of firsts for the Toyota brand. In 1988, Crown became the first Toyota model offered with an airbag. 1989 saw the introduction of a CD-ROM navigation system — a world first.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 0fa47_00N0N_7MDOWGgqemj_1200x900-610x407 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   For its 1991 facelift, the hardtop Crown moved on to a new platform (S140), while the sedan and wagon versions still rode atop the S130. Visual modernization accompanied new engine offerings, where two JZ-GE inline-six units joined several other available engines. Engine choice depended on trim selection and desired purpose — four, six, or eight cylinders were available.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 0fa47_00i0i_gLwoZh0L23D_1200x900-610x407 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   In this case, having a larger engine meant more real estate. Swapping the 2.5-liter 1ZJ engine for the 3.0-liter 2ZJ meant a wider car, positioned in a higher Japanese tax bracket. Prestige was evident with a wide-body Crown, as the tax bracket mandated a different license plate.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 0fa47_01010_bM6qQZbf5O2_1200x900-407x610 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   With regard to prestige, the Crown Royal Saloon seen here represented the top of the food chain. A wide body and a 3.0-liter 2ZJ engine borrowed from the Supra ensured luxury motoring status. Every accessory is powered. There’s separate climate control for the rear passengers, who also have access to a cooler. The grey exterior is complemented by a grey wool interior of superb quality. With just 48,000 miles on the clock, this spotless Crown Royal Saloon asks $7,245.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 0fa47_15th-generation-2018-Toyota-Crown-610x343 Rare Rides: Formal Luxury Via the 1992 Toyota Crown Toyota   Worth noting: the Crown’s lineage continues today, with a brand new 15th generation on sale this year in Japan.

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