1985 Toyota Cressida MX73 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Toyota Cressida front Toyota Cressida front
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Toyota Cressida sunroof Toyota Cressida sunroof
Toyota Cressida interior Toyota Cressida interior
Toyota Cressida interior cluster Toyota Cressida interior cluster

28,000km time-capsule example of a mid-80s Japanese executive car

The Toyota Cressida was a mid-size sedan produced over four generations from between 1976 and 1992.

In its native home of Japan, during much of its life; it was part of the Mark II family and shared its skin with other models such as the Chaser.


The X70-generation was sold in Australia from 1985 and on paper – looked like a traditional Australian family sedan: rear-wheel drive, with power drawn from a smooth straight-six, and comfy seating for five!

Of course, design isn’t as striking as our local sedans with the Cressida leaning heavily into the ‘three-box’ design with hard lines softening only slightly at the edges.  


This generation saw Toyota’s 2.8lt 5M inline-six remain, though updated with a knock-sensor, which could adjust timing depending on fuel quality.

It might not be the most dramatic prospect of a classic car; but the growing cult of younger enthusiasts, as well as the growing number of Japanese-themed car shows, see more and more people flock to these oddball forgotten mainstream offerings – especially in such great condition like this.


This 1985 Cressida presents near-new; with just 28,500kms said to have been covered over its life. The seller describes the car to be in immaculate condition and claims that the car has been stored inside all of its life.

The photos show a tremendously unmarked car; with what looks like a showroom fresh interior. Original books and most service receipts will also be included in the sale.


If you want to draw a crowd at your next local Japanese-themed cars show? This old Cressy’ might be worth a look.

It’s based in Victoria, and is listed for $12,999.

Check out the full listing here!


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