Junkyard Find: 1990 Toyota Cressida

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1990 toyota cressida

The Toyota Cressida was very reliable (partly because first owners tended to be the types who did regular maintenance) and held its value well, so it took until about a decade ago for them to start showing up in cheap self-service wrecking yards in large quantities. We’ve seen this ’80, this ’82 this ’84, this ’86 wagon, this ’87, this ’89, and this ’92 in this series so far (plus some bonus Michael Bay Edition Tokyo Taxis, courtesy of Crabspirits), and these proto-Lexus big Toyotas just keep rolling into America’s wrecking yards. Here’s a 160,819 refrigerator-white ’90 that showed up in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard without a speck of rust.

Mechanically speaking, this car was a close cousin of the Supra, and it had the same 190-horse 7M-GE straight-six under the hood.

Rear-wheel-drive, of course.

The interior is pretty well used up, which doomed this car to the junkyard when it got some parking tickets and/or a mechanical problem that cost more than $150 to fix.

Here’s a very long promotional video for this car. It’s worth skipping forward a few minutes to the part where the potential Cressida driver encounters a “STEEP GRADE NEXT 1,000 MILES” road sign.

In Australia, it was pronounced “Cress-SEE-duh” and was all about quietness on primitive dirt roads.

In the motherland, this car was known as the Mark II, and it got triumphant music in its ads and an optional supercharger under the hood.

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  • Alwayssmilin Alwayssmilin on Oct 23, 2014

    Unfortunately I live in the rust belt. If I lived near junkyards that had rust free bodies and frames,I would try scoopin up that cressida for scrap prices. Actually id be lookin at lots of cars.But no way id let that car get crushed. I hope someone rescues that car.

  • Don't Don't on May 15, 2023

    Parts availability and cost what typically causes older rust free yodas to be scrapped.

  • Abqhudson Passenger seating in recent accords has been unacceptable with my 5’2” wife forced to look at the dash while sitting in the hole provided.
  • ToolGuy Real Subarus are green and coated with dust from at least three different National Parks (Gateway Arch doesn't count).
  • ToolGuy Good for them.(And their customers. $2500 first-year subscription on top of the system cost? That ain't me)
  • ToolGuy T E L L U R I D E is not on this list(I can keep my poster on the wall)
  • ToolGuy My impression is that Honda has been coasting on its reputation for awhile now.(To Honda's credit, they aren't standing on the Self Destruct button like Toyota seems to be)