It’s all too easy to forget about the Toyota Cressida. It’s not that the car is forgettable, of course; It’s that the car never really sold in large volumes in the US market. According to Wikipedia, the very best sales year was 1985, with 45k units sold. By 1990, that number had fallen to 12k units. In 1992, it was gone.
Contrast that sales success with the Camry or Corolla, and it’s easy to understand why a lot of people can’t quite place the word “Cressida.” So here’s the short history of the car:
- The Cressida was an up-market version of the Camry, with more power, luxury features, and RWD
- The Cressida was powered by Toyota’s M inline-six engine family, with many models using the same basic engine as a contemporary Supra
- The Cressida is really a re-named Toyota Mark II, which was offered worldwide between 1968 and 2004
- By the early 1990s, the Cressida was dropped from Toyota’s line-up out of concern that Cressida sales would cannibalize the new Lexus brand
Today’s featured vehicle is a 1987 Cressida, which is the second generation Cressida in North America, and the 5th generation of the Mark II platform. Some of the highlights include heated mirrors, memory seats, gorgeous brown velour interior, and a surprisingly modern-looking center stack (at least for 1987).
Heated mirrors weren’t exactly common on vehicles from 1987
Memory seats are another uncommon feature from the 1980s. Note the stereo speaker settings for “Jazz”, “Rock”, “Pops”, etc. above.
With 51k miles, the car was offered for sale on CarBuffs.com and advertised as fully functional. The asking price was a paltry $6,000, a small sum considering the car’s incredible condition (the car has been sold).
If there’s one thing this Cressida can teach us, it’s that your Toyota will take care of you if you take care of it. After 30 years, this well cared for Cressida looks almost brand new. That’s what the words “incredible durability” and “quality” really mean.
All images courtesy CarBuffs.com.