JDM Joyride: 1994 Toyota S130 Crown Super Deluxe Wagon – Sold?

by | Sep 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

October 12, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

The U.S. Federal government’s 25-year import exemption rule is starting to provide Japanese Domestic Market (“JDM”) enthusiasts the ability to purchase and drive cars they could only sim race on their PlayStation when they were younger.  An odd example of this phenomenon is this 1994 Toyota Crown Super Deluxe Wagon originally listed in September 2021 on Craigslist in Niantic, Connecticut offered at $11,500 currently.

Unfortunately, given the nature of these JDM imports and the scarcity of a wagon like this being imported, we do not have any reliable source printed in English that can measure the asking price (if you know of a source – please comment below and let us know!).

Once exported during the formative years of Toyota’s car-building capabilities, the Crown eventually became a domestic market icon with the distinction of being the longest-running passenger-car nameplate affixed to any Toyota model, along with being the first Toyota vehicle to be exported to the United States in 1958.

Toyota launched the eighth generation of the Crown, known internally as the S130 in 1987. In August 1991, when the Crown hardtop was redesigned and became the S140 series, the Crown sedan and wagon were also restyled but retained the S130 model code. At this point, the 1JZ-GE and 2JZ-GE engines replaced the M-series inline-six engines for the Crown lineup. The Standard Sedan for Taxi and base model Wagon feature round headlights and chrome bumpers. The taxi is powered by 2.4-liter diesel engine matched to 4-speed column-mounted manual transmission. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the Crown Sedan with the diesel engine was the most common vehicle used as taxis.

We came across this Toyota Crown commercial on YouTube that focuses on the Crown’s rich history as the company prepared to launch the fourteenth generation in 2012. The juxtaposition of Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in The Night with the various generations of Toyota Crowns hint at the home market following these automobiles enjoy:

Not only will having a right-hand-drive car make you a standout at most car shows, having a long roof version will take it up even a notch or two further.  The excellent pictures provided reveal a like-new-looking chassis consistent with this car’s low original miles.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1994 Crown Super Deluxe Wagon 49k miles all original, very nice car. For sale in CT sold with WA title where our business is from. Runs and drives excellent, extremely clean in, out, on, and under. Rare black with blue interior. Remote front wing mirrors are power-adjustable. The car has Inline 6, A/T, rear-wheel-drive, RHD JDM, with 500kg suspension upgrade and solid rear axle. Very stout vehicle!
The Interior is excellent and original. Alterations include DIN2 stereo, aftermarket.
Blemishes are a dent in the rear bumper, a small stain at the back edge of the rear carpet in the cargo hold, a 3″ tear in the seat bottom right side bolster vinyl on the driver seat.
The car is complete except for rear headrests and one interior door handle.
Starts right up, shifts smoothly, and drives around very nicely. I used this car for some events and now it’s time to move it along. Would make an incredible JDM platform for many interesting avenues.

Show or go: what would you do with this Toyota Crown JDM survivor?  Comment below and let us know!


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