Years ago, unmolested Cressidas could be found on the List of Craig all day long, at “just a used car” prices barely cracking the three-digit mark. These days, nearly every Cressida for sale has been cut, slammed, or converted into either a drift missile or a halfhearted zokusha. Before the proto-Lexus goes completely extinct, though, you can get this cherry 75k-mile example if you act fast.
Described as a life-long southern car and currently located in Alabama, this first-year example of the X70 chassis was purchased as a company car by an outfit called Science Application International Corp. According to the listing, it was gifted to the previous owner when he retired from the company. It certainly is an unusual company car, especially from that era and the deep south. But hey, you can’t argue with science!
The current owner purchased it from the retiree five years ago and has given it a thorough detailing. The Dark Blue Metallic paint is said to be all original, as is the sumptuous gray interior. Even the original equalizer-equipped cassette deck stereo still exists, though it is unknown if the LCD display still lights up at night (a common problem on these factory radios). The only thing that would make it better is if it were a factory 5-speed.
The car does not even appear to have ever touched a jack, as the lift points are all unscathed. Maintenance has been recorded in an accompanying log.
Aside from a small dent just aft of the fuel filler, some scratches on the valance and a squashed plastic front lip (sadly no longer available from Toyota), the car appears to be mint.
At the time of this writing, the auction price is at $3,988. Like the AE86 and 240SX before it, the Cressida population saw decades of natural attrition before it caught the attention of fanboys, who then saved many from the crusher while simultaneously irreversibly modifying them. With the following it has now and the limited supply of stock survivors, however, the prices have nowhere to go but up. See the auction here.