My friend Cosme and I drove 250 miles to the little town of Paradise, CA, to pick up the Cressida, and I drove it home. First impressions? This is going to be a cool project. I am going to keep it stored at Cosme’s house, and he wants to help me work on it. He knows a lot about cars, and has space and tools.
The cat has a lot of cosmetic issues. It has a few dings and dents, as one would expect, and it definitely needs to be painted. Both bumpers need replacement, as the plastic is split and the foam is showing. Both tail light lenses are cracked, and a couple other light covers need replacement. A reasonable goal would be to be ready for Toyotafest next year.
Driving it was really fun. It drove smoothly, accelerated strongly, and was faster and handled better than I expected. It was fun to drive, and it handled the trip well. It was quick and responsive on the highway, and kept up with modern vehicles easier than the Sunchaser.
The interior is in lovely condition considering the cloth plush upholstery, and the buttons plastics, and controls gloriously transport the driver to the 80s, when this was Toyota’s luxury flagship.
My wife might actually like this.