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Junkyard Gem: 1991 Toyota Cressida

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Toyota’s first major sales success in North America coronawas released here 1966 model And proved to be a lot of cars for money (My first car was a 1969 Corona sedanI bought it for $50 when I was 14, so I’ll admit it. a little corona bias here). Toyota sold cars very well here in his 1970s and his 1980s, but it wouldn’t make a fortune from the American luxury sedan segment until the 1990 Lexus LS 400 debuted. was. Before that, Toyota Motor Sales USA tried to get Americans to buy luxury goods. crown and Corona Mark II, with no notable success. finally, 1978 Toyopet Corona Mark II Show up here with Cressida’s badge, Several Americans were happy to buy luxury cars with this large six-cylinder engine.Cressida sales never really took off here, but Americans could buy Cressida all the way through 1992A 1990s Cressidas is nearly impossible to find in an auto graveyard today, but I did the feat a few months ago in Sparks, Nevada.

The LS 400 was an engineering masterpiece, with a brand new V8 engine and all the other innovations that made the daylight scares out of the suits of the big European car companies. Also, the Cressida seemed a bit small and dated, so it’s surprising that Toyota kept selling it here between his 1990 and his 1992 models.

Under the skin, Cressida has always been a close relative of the same-year Supra. That said, its suspension and powertrain resembled Supra hardware from about the same period (just like the rear-wheel-drive Datsun 810/Nissan Maxima shared a lot of engineering DNA with his Z car).

The car has a 7M-GE straight-six engine rated at 190 horsepower and 185 lb-ft (the Supra version had a little more power).

The 1991 Japanese Mark II was available with a 5-speed manual transmission, but American Cressida buyers had to opt for the 4-speed Aisin automatic.

These cars were very well put together, but this car only managed 172,794 miles to the end.

The 1991 Lexus LS 400 has a suggested retail price of $36,955 (about $81,490 at $2022). mercedes benz s class But it caused trouble for a Toyota salesman who was trying to get a new Cressida for $22,198 ($48,945 today).

That year’s Cressida was very luxurious and very well made, but the new Lexus seemed like a lot more car per dollar at the time.

Toyota continued to include CD/cassette player combinations in Lexus well into the current century. Naturally, this Cressida has that rig.

I think it’s the first Ouija board I found in a junkyard vehicle.

Sadly, we never got the supercharged version here, nor did we get the Cressida Grande.

The most trouble-free car sold in America!

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