The Toyota Cressida is an imperative product in South Africa’s history. Since its introduction to the market in the 70s, it was a plush sedan owned and loved by many. One model currently being sold by High Select Auto however, is assuming that the love for these cars justifies a full million Rand asking price.
Currently selling for R1 100 000 is this 1986 Toyota Cressida GLE with 102 000 km on the clock. This particular unit is powered by Toyota’s 2,4-litre engine that transmits power to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission. The dealer notes that this is one of the most original examples in the country and probably even in the world. The model that sits on the floor sports the original radio as well as the floor mats and alloy wheels.
According to quotes sourced by Sunday Tribune, the dealer owner Waseem Fareed stated the following to assure suspecting buyers that the price is in fact justified.
“The day-one rubber mats were usually the first things that wear-out, the interior is original and makes the car look like it was delivered yesterday.”
“If you pop the hood, you will see the engine resembles the interior.
“It looks fresh from the factory. No repair work was done on this car.
“A slight twist of the key gets it started.
“The Cressida was not for a rushed sale but meant our museum. If there is a buyer who appreciates it enough and is prepared to pay the price then it would be sold.
“If not, we are happy to keep it in our museum. It is a car with great history and not something you can buy easily.”
“Any exclusive dealer who inspected the car would understand how we priced this car. Therefore, we paid the special price.
“In today’s economic climate it is not about the book value, but a case of willing buyer, willing seller.
It’s understood that Fareed has been in the car sales industry for nearly 20 years. This Cressida in particular reminded him of his younger days and brought back some special memories.
“Its smell, its feel reminds one of an uncle or elderly person owning such cars, fishing trips and visits to the park.”