Thursday, December 19, 2013

5k: JDM Style: 1980 Toyota Cressida Sedan X32 5-spd

The Toyota Cressida was the US Market equivalent of the Toyota Mark II and is usually seen in original grandma or abused grand-kid condition; as a counterpoint, it is interesting to find one that looks loved and customized.  It won't be the fastest car around, but for the price of admission it could be a fun show.  Find this 1980 Toyota Cressida Sedan X32 for sale in Mission Viejo, CA for $3,900 via craigslist.  Tip from Ryan McK.

The seller has done a manual transmission (W58) swap, so this could be a fun car to drive around, even with the original 2.6 liter 4M-E inline-6 good for around 100 horsepower.  The wing mounted side view mirrors are sorta cool and the only objectionable thing on this car are the wheels - but that is an easy fix.

It looks like someone is trying to jump start this thing, but those lines are external oil cooler hoses which are all the rage in JDM styled custom cars.  With the new wheels it could use a few additional inches of ground clearance.

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  1. 'Cause what could go wrong with your oil cooler lines on the outside of the front bumper?

  2. The only thing missing are doilies on the seats.

  3. The manual transmission+RWD+straight 6 = win in my book. I mean, I'm not going to start cross-shopping 80's Cressidas' with 240/260z cars, but I like what the current owner has done with the car... now if they could only figure out how to put the correct sized tires on correctly sized widened steel wheels, I'd want it even more.

    I'm a fan of widened steel wheels on pretty much anything. To me they're the anti-form, anti-bling, utilitarian. My 2001 Cherokee wears steel wheels from the mid 80's, my 745t rally wannabe wears 15" steelies (with beauty rings and Volvo center caps), my 1988 4Runner SR5 wears stock white-painted steelies from the base model DLX, and my former FJ Cruiser was optioned with a 6 spd and steel wheels. Never have to worry about anyone stealing them, dinging them on the trail, cleaning them is a snap, and I think they look great.


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