MINICARS: At last, a 1:18-scale A60 Toyota Celica Supra

The diecast world has long been missing models of several seminal Japanese cars, especially when it comes to larger scales. One that’s been long desired by collectors but never seen before in 1:18 scale is the A60 Toyota Supra. That’s all about to change with an upcoming release from LS Collectibles. 

The second-generation of the Toyota Supra was a game changer when it debuted in 1982. As our editor at large Ricky Silverio says, “It was like a spaceship had landed.” Its angular styling and high-tech interior quickly became a best seller in the sport coupe segment. That’s why it’s almost shocking that, until now, there has never been a 1:18 scale model of it.

LS Collectibles has made several 1990s Japanese cars, like the Z32 300ZX, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and the newer A80 Toyota Supra (along with Porsche and Lancia models), all in resin 1:18 scale. However, the A60 Supra is a departure from that era and is the first 1980s Japanese car they’ve made. These are the first images of it. We spoke with designer David Houston about this project, and why the A60 was chosen.

“[It was] car that started my love affair with Toyota,” he told JNC.  “Back in 1984, my slightly older cousin was babysitting my brother and me and one drove by on the street. ‘I want that car. It’s Bad!’ she exclaimed. I asked what kind of car it was, as my mom had owned a Corvette and a Camaro, and her ex had a 260Z and 280ZX. I didn’t look at Toyotas except for my cousin’s Cressida. After that, I left Trans-Ams and dove fully into Japanese cars.”

Eventually, David went on to study industrial design and became an actual car designer. He even interned at CALTY in 1995 and helped pen the seventh and final generation Toyota Celica. He’s gone on to work for Lincoln, Hyundai/Kia and Mercedes-Benz, but his latest project with LS Collectibles and their parent company APD unites his love for Japanese and model cars. This is his first full project them, and there will likely be more Japanese cars to come.

You can see more of LS Collectibles’ lineup at the company website. International shipping is available.

Images courtesy of David Houston.

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20 Responses to MINICARS: At last, a 1:18-scale A60 Toyota Celica Supra

  1. Nigel said:

    Very nice !!

  2. Nate said:

    About damn time!

  3. Cho said:

    Like to this made in many different sizes. A great car that no one seems to make.

  4. Jim Simspson said:

    Can’t wait to see this it looks like it is gonna be great…

  5. SupraFiend said:

    Finally!! I’ve been waiting 20 years for this, sign me up!

    Sigh, always the 84 model though, the 85 wing looks so much better.

    Cho, there are many JDM die casts in other sizes, just nothing 1/24 or larger. Dig around on eBay and such, they are out there.

  6. SupraFiend said:

    I wonder if they intentionally got the scale of the factory wheels wrong. The stock car came with laughably huge 225/60-14 balloon tires, considered sporty for the time. Those look like 16 or 17 inch wheels on a 45 series tire. A substantial improvement, but not exactly accurate. Boyd Coddington Wheels actually makes a reproduction of the factory rim in 17 and 18 inch sizes. I wonder if they saw the photos of Celica Supras with those on and thought they were factory.

    • David said:

      I immediately pointed that out to our prototype makers when they released these images to me…as well as other minor issues like the deleting the side marker lights on the fenders.

  7. Bob said:

    Love it, but will anyone make an ’84-’85 Celica hatch model? Ever? Pleeeeaaaase?

  8. David said:

    The wheels and fender blinker will be corrected.. already submitted before shown… Cheers!

    • SupraFiend said:

      Awesome! Fender blinker fully removed you mean I assume. That is the Euro spec one there on the prototype (even Japan didn’t get that). The 82/83s had a turn signal on the impact strip on the fender but this is obviously an 84 so shouldn’t have that either.

      You guys should ship it without a wing installed and model the 85/86 spoiler and include both in the box and let us glue on the one we want 😉 Besides that most enthusiasts prefer the later style (while most non owners who remember the car fawn over the distinctive, yet ugly, early spoiler), you could actually get these things with no spoiler as well. There were special order options to do that, plus all of the LType models came with no spoiler at all.

      I’ve already registered on your site, I’m buying one for sure.

  9. J2B3 said:

    To bad it’s a P-Type

  10. Jason said:

    Like so many others here, I too am desperate for a 1/18 US market 1985 Celica Supra P-type. I’ve owned two of the real cars and I think most Celica Supra owners find the 85 model to be the year Toyota had it perfect, all around. I would buy a model in every color Toyota made that year!

    On another note, how about a 1998/99 JDM Toyota Celica GT-Four and ss-iii? Or even a Dodge Stealth RT/Turbo!

    There is so much potential as the Japanese market models have rairly been made available in 1/18.

  11. Mark said:

    The 1984 has a sun shade not a spoiler !

  12. SupraFiend said:

    In theory it reduces lift. Its commonly referred to as a sunshade spoiler,

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