Toyota Cressida 1977, 1330Km

The car was inspected 15.4.2014 without incident.





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This little piece of hardware left the factory in 1977 to be consumed on Finnish salt- and gravel infested roads.
Something went seriously wrong, and it ended up not to be consumed at all, or what could you think of the incredible mileage the car has, 1330 Km?
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If things would have travelled the usual path, this piece of metal would have been reformed to paperclips propably as early as mid 1980's, that poor the rost prevention was. Not to mention wildly uneven and handsprayed outer coating. It is very educating to see what original paint looked alike in 1970's.

I remember seeing similar quality with Huyndai in the beginning of 1990's.


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Back then life was simple and cars were even more simple. As pictures tell, this unit is lacking all modern fancypants -stuff like A/C or power windows, not to mention power steering. Regardless of that, it still gives the impression of some upper class effort. There is an analog clock at the dashboard, and whiteish seats sort of invite non-working-class everyday users only.
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Note the lifting hook at side of the engine block.

The first owner, now already late pharmachist Malanen, from Nakkila, was widely known from Finnish phrase "Jotkut keräilee pullonkorkkeja, minä keräilen näitä (heilutellen viidensadan markan seteliä ilmassa)". Loose translation for that goes somewhat "The others collect bottlecaps, I collect these (wawing 500 Finnish mark note, the largest denomination during that era in the air)".
People are not written into history because of their possessions or wealth, unless it is extremely remarkable in itself. It is what they do with that wealth that shapes the world. Those acts are written in history, and maybe this is one of the things Mr. Malanen left in that sense.
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In the socialist Finland (58,5% of GDP is public, so technically Finland is more socialistic than USSR was) that must have been considered widely very rude, propably some hard-core-left-wingers also took it as threat to basic life values. Nowdays it makes Mr. Malanen look like some sort back woods hillibilly, but I must emphasize for sure he was not the only eccentric back then. The other, more widely known person, rag-and-bone Mr. Mustajärvi from Pori (next to Nakkila) got mocked in local paper caricature in late 1960's coming back from U.S. with wide Cadillac, and hardly speaking any Finnish. He was in the U.S. for few months.
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BULLSHIT WARNING: I'm trying to tell you why the car was never used. This is my opinion, and i spent some two years trying to make my mind what the h*ll happened. I have discussed with quite a lot of people about the past, studied some sources and for sure got a totally wrong answer. Or is it bullseye? Who knows? Unfortunately Mr. Malanen is not here to answer the question, so i took my freedom to form it as suits me best.

Please, try to find your own truth.

Finland has ever since 1960's been hard trying to make DDR -style society, where everyone gets sort-of-free and heavily indoctrinated education. As PISA -reports indicate, this has worked out pretty well. Most people with higher education head straight for public sector offices, and very seldom to entrepreneurship.

Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR, was a place where everyone had all basics they needed. All the former DDR -pepole I know tell the same story. In general, life was good. The system worked pretty well, not like in the Soviet Union. Life was good as long you did not try to reach anything outside the box. The indoctrination is needed like in every society to keep it together. That explains why public broadcasting is heavily controlled all around. If this thing, been built in to every citizen, starts to crumble, the consequences can be surprising, and very rapid, like what happened in north Africa between 2011-2012, known as The Arab Spring.

For that reason, the more wobbly the society is, the less it can not afford to have dissidents, and that means surveillance must exist. Dissidents must be isolated, nullified or jailed. The threat against system must be neutralized.

In ancient times, word democracy was a bad word, meaning dictatorship of the proletariat, what pretty well defines the middle D in "DDR".

In Finland, the downside is the "well defined freedom" (read: overregulation) in itself, with gazillion of laws and rules, and heavy taxation, sometimes exceeding total of 70%. It is good for them who receive the revenue, but bad for them who must work to generate it. Livelihoods are sucked to ever increasing vacuum of public spending. In the end, I guess the system will collapse due to debt, just like any other vanished civilization since kingdom of Rome. In this sense these things come and go like restaurants in East London, and shortly after "go", only few remember it ever existed.

Only place i have found .. well .. worse, is Denmark. In Finland it is still possible to have some service after 6pm. in saturdays. In Denmark everyone is at home at that time, because in the service sector there are no businesses capable to pay legal compensation for overtime in the weekends.

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As we might remember from DDR, it's core effort was to break up family as the basic unit in the society, and replace it with state.

In this system parents leave their offspring to state-run kinderkartens, where they spend more hours awake than with their parents. After some years in kinderkarten they enter state-run preschool, preparing them for the next phase, state-run grade school. All these schools are free for everyone. This happens in Finland now.

The first thing principal tells to first graders parents without hesitation and any explanation; "Remember, whatever you think about education in our school, do not question it when your kids hear it". That was what they told to us, parents of some 300 kids in the first day. Needless to say, that was the moment I really woke up to have a second look what happens in there.

Participating to basic education is mandatory.

Well, most of us who lived back then when DDR was alive, remember also how this experiment ended up. For some reason all they tried in Germany, and failed, has been a raging success in Finland. They call it "The Nordic Miracle" or "the wellfare state". I have no clue where these names come from, the place differs from Germany or France only by tax rate and climate.

In this system personal success is traded to common good.

Personally I guess it is due to the nature of Germans, who still know how to make funny questions about life universe and everything. This never happens in Finland. The basic education system is copied from DDR, and propably the living relic of the times.
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In this DDR -style indoctrination people learn to pay all taxes and government fees with no-questions-made, and take all instructions given by any official-looking party as a word of God. They grumble, but obey, never lift a finger to express they might disagree. In a recent survey majority of the Finns set obeying the law ahead of justice, regardless of how injustice the law may be. No kidding! That I would call a raging success for basic education system with strong indoctrination. The same phenomena explains the success of Juche in North Korea. The citizens are grown to it.

This might also explain consolidated consumer market and food that sells, even it is lacking taste. Finns consider their croceries are the best in the world. Any Soviet would be green with envy, should there be any left.

People are also encouraged to discuss and report all anomalies in neighbourhood. This is not in the curriculum, but it comes between the lines. It is usually enough if you discuss or report anomalies to your neighbours, because 27.5% of workforce is employed by the state. In the very likelihood your neighbour, at least the third one who walks in (supposing you are not working for the government) is working for the government, and therefore is capable to take the rumor to the responsible officer for inspection.

Well, maybe it isn't so anymore, but the spirit is still there, somewhere in the roots of Finnish people.


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During 1970's a new car was an anomaly, whereas a very expensive new car was an major anomaly, and was most likely reported to every single official in vincinity of 150 Kilometers. This is no joke. Back then it was a serious business, and most likely lead at least to tax audit. And for sure that was no joke at all. Tax officials have more power than court of law, and ruling they give is very seldom overturned. Criminal convictions for decisions made in the office are abundant, at least i could not find any, nor anyone who had heard of. In that sense Finland have the best officials in the world, they make no mistakes at all.

Those days would have been pretty racy for modern man, who would probably wrap himself in bubblewrap - just in case - would he be somehow lifted back to 70's.

All this happened silently, no hassle, with the expense of individual success. No-one had it, so no-one expected it. Like fish in the water do not understand water they swim in, most Finns, still, don't realize the whole thing. They don't even admit it exists.

Well, back in 1970's, in rapidly modernizating country, cities were growing and made new opportunities. Some actually had success, but they very soon learned to keep it under their hat. It still is not part of Finnish culture to show off. Anything considered normal, showing status, in U.S., Hong Kong or even modern parts of China, would still be considered bad taste in Finland.

I told you all this to make possible to understand why the car was left unused. To understand peculiar occurence, we need try to understand the context it happened in.

During that time it was utmost important that no-one rose over the others, and that might explain why Mr. Malanen never drove this car any further than yearly inspection. For sure he had a serious love-relationship with cars, especially with Toyota.

It was stored in warm carage in the middle of Pori, then of the major industrial concentrations in Finland.

Ever since, after heavy industry left Finland, Pori has shrunken to pointless junction at the coastline. Residents in there are commonly known for their masocist will to mock their hometown and each other. That again, is very soviet, what might explain the large russian population nowdays, assuming they understand to value this.


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Price for the car back in 1977 was equal to 10 years salary for normal working class everydayman, but Mr. Malanen did buy it, because it was top-of-the-line Toyota, the best one available, and among the most expensive cars. Cressida is the last high-end Toyota before Lexus.

He was not satisfied with only this, but bought also around ten others. There were couple of Toyota Mark II's, Hiace's and Lite ace's, just to mention some. They all were almost unused in 2007-2008 when he started to sell them.

I heard he also had a dried pool at his house in Nakkila, filled with outboard motors for small boats and mopeds from 1970's and 1980's, still packed in crates.

Well, along or instead of this long train of thought, you could also make a fast conclusion. Maybe Mr. Malanen was just simply crazy? Nuts? Totally out of his mind? Maybe, i think this probably was the popular explanation among his neighbours and peers, when he still was alive.
But as we all know, only poor people are crazy, and Mr. Malanen was for sure not poor.

The wealthy are never crazy, yet they may sometimes get a bit excessive, that's all.

Or has anyone guts to call His Majesty of Sultan of Brunei crazy with his many parkinglots filled with Ferraris? I think he just loves Ferraris, and as a man with means, he just does as he likes.


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The car is very nice to drive. Steering is light, suspension is a bit hard to my taste, but it smoothens up the more load the car gets. Propably few sandbags in the trunk would make it. As a rear-wheel drive this must have been pretty tricky one to drive during the Finnish winter. I have not tried, and will never try.


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The modern road network was considered completed around 1990 in Finland, but in 1977 most of the roads were still unpaved. Flying pebbles consumed paint, windows and lights.
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In United States this model was sold only 2800 Pcs in 1978, that was the first year it was available outside Japan. Total quantity for this model sold in U.S. was around 28000. Most of them were equipped with A/C and automatic transmission.
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Could you remake this?
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These dark dots are not rust, they are rust prevention agent.
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The car has two similar sets of wheels, one for both seasons. Winter set has never been used, even the center caps and bolts are still unused, never removed from boxes.
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The brown in here is rust prevention agent, not rust.
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This was a place where steel plate in body vanished with no-time. Electric pair with register plate platform, made of aluminium, placed straight on to steel, catalyzed with salt water usually did it in few years.
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Register plate is original.
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Notify rubber inner fenders attached with stainless steel supports. Finnish company LOKARI started manufacturing inner mudguards in 1964, but for some reason this car does not have them. I guess it was because the car was in the marigin, only few tens imported. It was too expensive to be sold in quantities. They needed to make molds and for this small quantity there simply was no point.
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Everything under here is original.
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Price?

In germany there have been some cars for sale around 10KE, but they have had minimum 100.000 Km in odometer. In Japan this is not available in this condition, at least not known.

How to define the price? Well, auction maybe, but this one is not for sale. The insurance company gave an insurance valued to EUR 75000 with condition that this will not be in everyday use. The car needs to be inspected every 2 years, and it will be run every now and then. Insurance policy permits it to be driven 30 days a year.