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Usdm Mania: A Cressida In

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Last during the Speedhunters celebration of I featured a beautiful 1949 lead sled that the streets of Japan. Kondo-san’s is a completely authentic take on the American custom, and a perfect of American car culture spread Today, I’d like to follow up with a completely different, yet authentic, interpretation of American car in Japan – a GX81 Toyota II that’s been fully into a USDM-style Toyota

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last of years, you’ve probably about the explosion of USDM in Japan. It’s something grown hand in hand online car media, with enthusiasts taking what see on the internet and introducing US-inspired to their own builds. As a huge fan of car culture and a follower of global trends, it’s something I extremely fascinating.

Now for one reason or Toyota never decided to its awesome line of turbocharged door sedans to the US market. The Cressida would be the closest ever got to having those JZX cars, and because of that the has built a cult following drift fans in the United Naturally, Cressida owners in the US try to get their cars as close to as possible. This car however, is much the exact opposite.

Its owner and builder, Yasuhiro Hashiba is no stranger to four Toyotas. One of his previous machines was a in traditional Japanese kyusha but for his next project he wanted to do a bit different. He wanted to create a car would combine his shakotan roots with a strong influence. Building a custom was the logical choice.

The decision to go in the direction was made much when he came across a Mark II Grande equipped the extremely rare factory sun option. While having a sun (or not) might not sound a big deal to most, it shows the to detail that Hasshy and USDM builders put into cars. So with the bone ojisan -spec Mark II in he began the transformation into a street machine.

The first was to find the necessary exterior for the Cressida conversion. At a glance the II and Cressida might not look different from each but anyone familiar with cars knows the differences are As part of the transformation Hasshy had to Cressida front and rear front fenders, headlights, lights, grille, taillights and

There are other details Things like the side antenna, and even the trunk have all been changed to Cressida specification. Once all the parts had been gathered and the entire car was then repainted in Ice Pearl – a factory Cressida

But the goal wasn’t just to a stock looking Cressida, wanted to capture the look and of a car you might see at a drift event or car in the US. Changing over the body was just the beginning.

Another big of the transformation took place the hood. Those familiar the US market Cressida know the only powertrain option was the but boring 7M-GE and four-speed transmission. Fortunately, Hasshy’s didn’t include swapping a 7M and into his Mark II. Instead, he out the car’s original 125 horsepower and replaced it with a VVT-i from a JZX100. He also out the original automatic trans for an five-speed.

Since the car is a daily driver he from going too crazy the motor work. Basic like custom turbo a GReddy front mount and A’PEXi Power FC equip the car of streetable power. It also out aggressive and beautiful 1JZ music a custom exhaust system by Nakamura Auto Works.

So the body converted to US-spec, and a turbo six under the hood, the car an aggressive stance was next on the Being no stranger to the world of cars, Hasshy knew would call for some tweaking. To make the car sit right the control arms have shortened and the lower arms and toe have been replaced adjustable equivalents.

As of now the car is riding on a set of JIC but Hasshy’s planning to swap them out for from US-based Cressida shop SerialNine.

When it time for wheels Hasshy on Rays Engineering Volk TE37SLs in 17×9-inch for the front and for the rear. If you were wondering why don’t look like TE37SLs, that’s because were repainted a more white color prior to fitted up with tires and on the car.

It seems the past tsuraichi has paid off. With the arms, the car is able to fit the wide TEs the stock fenders with than a millimeter of clearance.

The of a car with a stock body and stance is something the Japanese see as big trait, and this car has pulled it off It stands in big contrast to the more JZX81 drift cars in which are usually equipped aftermarket aero parts alter the body lines.

In to the TE37s, Hasshy also a set of 17-inch Rotiform INDs he fits for the occasional car show. It for a completely different look, but one also heavily influenced by US

While the exterior uses all factory parts, the one aftermarket is a carbon fiber roof sourced from DM Aerodesign in the US. It be a subtle touch, but I think it just the right amount of in the rear of the car.

Inside the car the are simple. The gauge cluster has replaced with one from a and the cushy factory seats been swapped out for a set of Bride reclinable buckets. Don’t the ‘New Car Scent’ pine air freshener for another important touch.

On the other hand, the 300mm OBA steering wheel is a more of a throwback to Hasshy’s kyusha

Toyota Cressida

As an American who grew up fantasizing rare JDM cars and wondering why the US got them, the whole idea Hasshy’s Mark II build can hard to grasp. I mean, why someone want to pull off JDM body parts and replace them with their crash standard-mandated US counterparts?

But you it’s that same with JDM cars and parts me completely understand why someone in would want to do this.

also the reason I knew car was cool. From the moment I saw it, I it had some serious thought and behind it, as is often the case in

USDM, JDM, or any other DM – it matter where you’re or what particular style of car you The attention to detail and strong of vision behind Hasshy’s build are things I think any car can relate to and appreciate.

1991 GX81 Mark II Grande Sedan to 1991 Toyota Cressida

JZX100 VVT-i 1JZ-GTE GReddy intercooler, Nakamura Works one-off piping, Power FC, shaved head by Elegant Reflection, Koyo Nakamura Auto Works exhaust

Automatic to manual with R154 transmission, ORC clutch

Suspension/Brakes :

JIC coilovers, lower arms, adjustable arms and toe rods

1991 Cressida front rear fenders, headlights, corner grille, taillights, antenna, keyhole, DM Aerodesign carbon roof spoiler, Ice Blue color change

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