If you don’t like the new Supra, there’s always the old one.
So, here we are. We’ve “officially” seen the 2020 Toyota Supra at this point, thanks to some new leaked images. It really feels like the car should be out by now, but we still have to wait until the 2019 Detroit Auto Show for Toyota to “pull the wraps” off their newest example of a JDM sports car legend. However, if the new one isn’t quite striking a chord, there are still clean, unmodified examples of the old, fourth-generation Supra (some would argue the best Supra) around. Just check out this 7,100-mile example on Bring a Trailer.
It’s a near-mint 1994 Toyota Supra with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE inline-six engine. Not only that, it’s mated to a six-speed Getrag V160 manual transmission with a Torsen limited-slip differential. In other words, this is the daddy of A80 Supras. Naturally aspirated versions only came with 220 horsepower and a 5-speed manual gearbox, or an optional four-speed automatic. But you don’t want that, do you? No, neither do I.
There’s just one down side…
According to Bring a Trailer, this Toyota Supra started its life in Florida in 1994, before moving to Pennsylvania in 1999. From there, a dealer in Hickory, North Carolina picked up the car back in 2016 and is offering it for sale with a clean Pennsylvania title. It has all the hallmarks the A80 Supra should have: stock wheels, big spoiler, and a twin-turbo engine. It’s even in Renaissance Red, for goodness’ sake! It’s virtually a 25-year-old time capsule.
The interior is immaculate and the engine looks pretty much flawless, not to mention the clean Carfax report. I, as most other enthusiasts who grew up worshiping this car could go on raving about it. There’s just one thing stopping me: the price.
Yes, this near-mint 1994 Toyota Supra is up to a whopping $90,000 – way beyond the roughly $43,000 this car set its original owner back in 1994. The bidding still has five days to go, so we could see this car crest $100,000. Even adjusted for inflation ($72,000 in today’s money), it’s still commanding a nice premium over its original value. That’s to be expected, but it well and truly knocks this car off my shopping list.
Now, if that’s a little too rich for your blood, there’s also a 2,500-mile 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 up for sale for $20,000. I’m just saying.