1990 Toyota Sera

Highlights

  • Only 41,917 miles from new
  • Rare futurist concept car
  • £6,000 overhaul in 2023
  • Recent full respray and detailing
  • Recent service including new tyres, cam belt, brake pads, and fan belts
  • One previous UK registered keeper

The Appeal

The Toyota Sera raised quite a few eyebrows when it hit the market in 1990. Far from the often angular lines of Western futurist vehicles before it, the Sera was a soft-curved, glass-canopied car with distinctive butterfly doors and an adapted mechanical platform taken from their legendary Starlet. It was only ever sold on the Japanese market, which makes this example particularly special.

These very unusual cars have a strong following and this one is now amongst the best.  In 2023 it received £6,000 worth of bodywork and mechanical restoration.  That included a full respray plus tyres, service, cambelt and attention to the coolant and fuelling systems.  This really is a car where someone else has done all the hard work so that you can enjoy it.   

Built in 1990, and first arriving on British soil in 1999, this car has had only one UK keeper.  It would make an unusual daily driver - passers-by constantly amazed by those doors - or is perfectly suited to the show circuit, where those doors would again surely star.  We've no doubt this one will spark plenty of interest.



History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1990
  • First arrived in the UK in 1999
  • 2 previous registered keepers, according to the DVLA
  • In current ownership since August 2023
  • MOT valid until August 2024
  • Last full engine service carried out on 2nd June, including cam belt change
  • 41,917 miles on the clock

Recent renovation work totalling £6,000: 

  • 27/04/23: clean fuel tank 
  • 15/07/23: four new tyres, service and coolant flush 
  • 04/08/23: full respray 

The Condition

  • Recent full respray and detailing performed
  • Some light wear with the odd chip or mark
  • Butterfly doors are working as expected
  • Full glass roof makes the cabin a bright, airy space
  • Underside appears solid
  • Interior is nicely presented
  • Fabric seats appear free of rips or tears
  • Some light staining and marks to the bolsters
  • Instruments are clear and legible
  • Original Japanese labels and stickers throughout
  • We've no reports of any technical issues to the interior features
  • Original music player still in situ
  • Rear speakers are looking somewhat grubby
  • Some damage to the aircon vents



The Mechanics

  •  1.5L 5E-FHE I4 powerplant
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • May possibly require new exhaust back box
  •  Full recent service including:
    • New tyres
    • New cam belt
    • New brake pads
    • New fan belts
  • With similar mechanics to the Starlet, the Sera is perky and fast on its feet
  • We've no reports of any mechanical issues
  • We understand the car is performing well



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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1990
  • Make Toyota
  • Model Sera
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 41,917 Miles
  • Engine size 1500
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ilford
  • County Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
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