A recipe for success starts with one of Toyota's best rear-wheel drive platforms and a 232kW six-cylinder

Then sprinkle on the right options – '1F9' Slate metallic and a factory sunroof – and you have a winner.

The 2008 Toyota Crown Athlete – known as the ‘GRS204’ – is the automotive equivalent of a Swiss army knife.

It’s an extremely versatile vehicle with plenty of power, driving the right (rear) wheels and with more features than your mate’s BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 engine with 232kW/ 377Nm. Codenamed ‘2GR’, it’s a naturally-aspirated mill that’s done time in everything from high-end Lexus product through to your Nan’s Toyota Kluger.

Call it a workhorse; it’s dependable, reliable as sin, and even powered a Toyota Tarago to a hilarious victory against a Porsche at Sydney Motorsport Park (watch here).

It’s plenty fast and the six-speed auto shifts crisply, too. The front-end utilises a double-wishbone setup for maximum control, whilst the rear benefits from a precise multi-link rear suspension that puts both American and Euro metal to shame.

You can’t argue against it; other than the fact it looks a bit like a Toyota Camry.

The car pictured – 2008 Toyota Crown Athlete G (GRS204)

Our Toyota Crown Athlete Anniversary Edition was built in October 2009 and was purchased from USS Tokyo (Japan) as a 4.0B grade vehicle.

As an Anniversary Edition it features keyless entry and start, a factory sunroof, soft-close doors, a rear-view camera and cruise control.

It was also optioned in the unusual and awesome colour of ‘1F9’ slate blue metallic. Only 1% of GRS204 production was ever finished in this colour.

Its factory touchscreen infotainment system can be upgraded to support Apple CarPlay / Android Auto by our workshop.

The ‘2GR’ Toyota engine was sold in Australia, so parts are readily available. We also keep a stock holding of genuine Toyota and aftermarket parts like oil/air filters, spark plugs + more.

Either way, our workshop can assist with maintenance and parts.

What made this one special

  • 2008 Toyota Crown Athlete (GRS204)
  • Anniversary edition with factory sunroof
  • 125,804km
  • 3.5-litre V6 with 232kW / 377Nm
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Rare ‘1F9’ Slate blue metallic
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Soft close doors
  • Rear view camera
  • Cruise control
  • Japanese de-registration paperwork and auction paperwork available.
  • Price includes three months NSW registration
  • Price includes Australian compliance
  • Price includes a NSW roadworthy
The 13th-generation Crown retains the sense of poise and reliability that characterises the Crown series, which has earned a reputation as the leader among luxury vehicles in Japan for over more than half a century.
Toyota Japan, launch of all-new Toyota Crown (2008)

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