Coming soon to Australia – Black-on-black is the only way to V300.

Colour combos can make-or-break a car, and this Toyota Aristo was factory configured just right.

If you’re glancing at this car thinking it looks awfully European, then you’re bang on the money.

The person who drew its shape is none-other than legendary Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. Sure – he’s European – but he was also named ‘Car Designer of the Century’ in 1999 and went on to create everything from racing Ferraris to camera bodies by Nikon.

Giugario even designed a now-legendary watch for Seiko that starred alongside lead protagonist Ripley in the cult classic film Alien – just to gloss over his storied career as a designer for a brief second. His designs were polarising, challenged ideals, and were avantegarde – often setting the zeitgeist for the car design community at the time.

One such design is the Toyota Aristo, Although appearing classic and formal when finished in its most-popular colour of silver, the Toyota Aristo takes on a different character when finished in a darker hue.

In black they look mean and imposing – and the final-form VVT 2JZ turbo engine also sings from the same songbook. This engine is the 2JZ to end all 2JZs and has the potential to make huge power without opening up the bottom end and realising the magic.

If you’re after a sleeper or a do-it-all party car – the JZS161 is the perfect platform to start with.

About the car pictured – 2002 Toyota Aristo V300 Vertex Edition

Our Toyota Aristo was built in October 2002 and is a “V300 Vertex Edition” trim level.

That means it’s powered by a 3.0-litre variable-valve timed 2JZ turbocharged engine and features automatic headlights, remote central locking, climate control, electric seats and an electric steering column.

This specific example is finished in a rare configuration of ‘202 – Black Onyx’ paintwork with a factory-option black leather interior. Other interesting parts consist of an optional sport grille and a set of Work Legzas wheels.

It was purchased in Japan via their domestic auction network and was graded 4.0B and comes with a detailed and full service history.

Aside from minor and small cosmetic touch-ups around the bumpers, the car is wholly-original and presents well above average for its age and mileage.

Quick facts

What makes this car special:

  • Rare black duco with black leather interior
  • 2JZ 3.0-litre straight-six turbo (VVT)
  • Four speed auto / rear-wheel drive
  • Full service history
  • Heated and electric front seats
  • JBL sound system
  • 137,000km
  • Vertex edition
  • Climate control air conditioning
    • Update 17/02/2023
    • This vehicle has undergone a $1000 price rise as its bonnet was repainted due to showing signs of age. We wanted it to look its best, and have not passed on the cost in full.
    • The vehicle will also undergo a comprehensive and professional detail.
Clearly looking to Europe for inspiration, Toyota took the idea of a large, rear-wheel drive and six-cylinder sedan – and made it even better.

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