Haven’s attractive gold-colored sedan has been radically lowered on coilover springs and fat chrome wheels and tires. The custom work provides an entirely new look for the Toyota while working with the styling features that attracted Haven to this particular model.
“I’ve always liked the way the first-gen Cressida’s looked,” Haven said. “Originally, I just wanted something cool to drive around town.”
But as time went by, more custom features were added, he said, such as the lowered suspension and wheels, a rear axle from a Toyota Supra sports coupe and the front end from a Nissan 240SX.
Then the custom urge totally took over, and the Cressida was gradually turned into a showpiece. Under the hood, Haven fitted a custom-built Toyota DOHC straight-six engine fed by a Garrett turbocharger, which he says dyno’d out to 535 horsepower. So no, this is not your father’s Cressida.
The manual transmission is from a Nissan 350Z; Haven is partners in a company that produces adapter plates for custom engine/350Z transmission installations. The Cressida was professionally rewired from front to back, Haven said. He applied the custom paint over bare metal.
“I never really intended to make it as nice as it is,” Haven said. “I just wanted something fun to drive, but once I started taking it apart, it just kind of happened.”
Future classics showgoers will have the chance to judge for themselves on Monday.
Another featured appearance at the show will be that of a young woman who has made a name for herself in national racing circles. Sally McNulty, who drives for Team Snail Performance, competes on a national level in the Global Time Attack series. She runs in the Street AWD class, driving a tricked-out 20o7 Subaru WRX.
“I got into motorsports about seven years ago when a friend asked me to attend a track day at the local road course race track,” McNulty said. “Even though I had a Chevy Cobalt at the time, I had an absolute blast and was hooked from then on.