I’ve been a big fan of cressida’s for a very long time. I had my first one in 2001, but that car didn’t last long, I sold it and got a ae86. a year and a half ago I got a 1989 mx83 cressida and put full coilovers in it and got some cheap 17×8+30 wheels on it. it was ok but I couldn’t afford a 2jz swap and I didn’t want to bother doing a 5spd swap on the 7m seeing as the motor was likely to fail within the year, so the 2j and 5spd swap was a combo pack that i couldn’t afford at the time… anyways i always find some bullshit reason to bail on a perfectly good project once it comes to a time where i have to actually commit to some real work and investment.
In my defence I didn’t have a garage and at the time (and still don’t) and we were still a one car family, if i get a second car now it will strictly be for project purposes.
but for some odd reason I have never done a post on this one of my favourite cars.
the 1985-1988 toyota cressida (MX73) is my favourite one even tho the next gen is better in many technical ways, I just prefer the old styling, it’s just has the more classic 70-80’s vibe to it that i have grown to love. nothing about these old ones is perfect, the trailing arm rear suspension produces tons of rear camber and toe when lowered, and the motor isn’t all that powerful for the weight of the car and is pretty low tech (was high tech for its time tho)… but they are very cheap and share many parts with the old supra’s as well, and it is rear wheel drive and has 4 wheel vented disc’s and a port fuel injected 2.8L DOHC straight 6 cylinder, so those are several plus’s.
the Pics are mostly of north american spec cressidas but some are of variations called either the “mark II” or “cresta”