Phillip Spencer has owned his 1992 Toyota Cressida for approximately 10 years. It started its life in Long Beach, California, with an elderly couple who bought it new in 1992. It’s a “basic version” with no extra bells and whistles, which means it lacks ABS and a sunroof — extra features that would have added to its price. “I feel the previous owners said ‘Nah, we don’t need those because none of our other cars have had that,’” he said.
The couple brought the car with them when they moved to Sun City, Arizona. It was then sold to a woman who drove it for another 22,000 miles before the current owner purchased the car. It was his daily driver for a few years before he traded it, only to buy it back some time later.
Once the car returned to his hands, he took the plunge and swapped out the original 7M-GE engine for the JZS171 1JZ VVTI, a 2.5-liter turbo engine that currently sits under the hood.