In the play My Fair Lady, Professor Henry Higgins turned Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper English lady. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe brings you a similar transformation from Toyota.
The Toyota Supra had always been a raucous sports car. Its twin-cam motor and taut independent suspension made it a favorite jumping off point for tuners and ricers alike. Toyota also knew a good thing when they saw it, and extracted some Supra goodness for their top of the line sedan.
Before Lexus, before the Avalon, there was the Cressida. A development of the Mark II, and sold under various names globally, the Cressida was the largest car Toyota sold in the U.S. in the late ‘70s and 1980s. Named after the Shakespeare play Trolius and Cressida, the car was available with a number of engines, and, with each ensuing model, more luxury appointments.
Today we have a third (and next to last in the U.S.) generation Cressida in burgundy, and with a matching, if lurid, interior. These cars shared their IRS and 156 bhp 5M-GE twin-cam motor with the Supra. Not shared was the sportscar's handling and aggressive styling, supplanted in the four-door by greater isolation, and a set of Japanese-conservative clothes.
With fewer than 68,000 miles on its digital odo, you know it's barley broken in, and despite the ‘80s interior, and poor fitting glovebox, the car looks like it may have just driven off the lot. The mouse-belts and lack of anything resembling an airbag may be cause for pause, but hey, who wants to live forever, despite owning such a fine machine?
And that fine machine won't require a second mortgage to own, with an asking price of $5,950. For that you're getting Supra-man power wrapped in a Clark Kent body. And seeing as it's a Toyota, you probably won't have to factor into the equation much in the way of potential repair costs. So, about that equation? Does the nearly six grand for this former Cockney flower girl seem like a deal? Or, does that price seem way too high, and as Shakespeare once said therein lies the rub?
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