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The Cressida was first produced in 1968, under the title 'Corona' and established Toyota into the class of mid sized cars. The Cressida offered an alternative for the already available mid sized vehicles, such as the Nissan Bluebird and the Mazda Luce.
The Toyota Cressida has had nine different variations since its introduction in 1968. The first model featured a 1 700 cc engine, with rear wheel drive and a double wishbone rear suspension. In 1972 the second generation was introduced, changing the body completely, taking on the vehicular trend of 'coke bottle styling'. The body featured sleeker lines and had eight available engine choices to choose from ranging from 1,7 litres to 2,6 litres. The next model to be available was introduced in 1976, this model was the last to retain the name Toyota Corona and featured a six different engine options with a 2,6 litre being the most powerful. The engine had an output of 122 hp and 141 tq, and was featured in the sportier edition of the series known as the Toyota Chaser. 1980 brought about the renaming the of the series to Cressida, and the models continued to evolve for the next three generations. Of the most memorable was the sixth generation dubbed as the MX83. The MX83 had a more powerful 3,0 litre engine with an output of 190 hp and 185 tq. The chassis was perfectly balanced with 50/50 weight distribution and was praised for its drivability and comfort.
The Cressida was unique in its racing applications as it was a predominantly a four door car. But due to its advance perfect weight distribution and suspension designs, the Cressida was able to adapt to these situations. Many enthusiasts today continue to build and use Toyota Cressidas for this purpose, the most dominant models being the MX83 and X90 series.
The price of a used Toyota Cressida depends on its condition, location, and demand. There are a slue of generations to choose from but the most common secondhand Toyota Cressida available are the post 1980 models, and their prices range from as low as R13 000 to as high as R50 000.
The Toyota Cressida continued to evolve since its introduction in 1965, using the full potential of its chassis with each release. Many enthusiasts and avid consumers still continue to trust in the brand, standing by the brilliance of engineering design of the Toyota Cressida.