Remember the Toyota Cressida? This 1978 one (the name lasted until 1992) is an attractive coupé, looking a lot like a similarly pillar-less Mercedes-Benz 280CE, but maybe even arguably a touch more stylish. I mean, the ad does say you can display your “good taste and personal prestige” in one of these, even if it looks a bit like a Mustang II to me now that I look at it again. I still kinda like it. What’s really unusual about these, though, I think is their name.
You see, Cressida is a woman’s name, which would certainly not be unusual in itself for a car name, especially a Japanese car of roughly this era, which included such cars as the Gloria or the Silvia. What makes is odd is that the name Cressida is most commonly associated with a woman who lived during the Trojan War, and her story involves her declaring her love for a Trojan prince, but then ending up with a Greek warrior, and as a result she’s become sort of a symbol for a disloyal lover.
Not really what you’d think a carmaker would want to name a car after, but who am I to judge?
It’s also worth noting that Cressida is one of the leads in what’s generally considered one of Shakespeare’s crappier plays,Trolius and Cressida.
Huh. Who knew?