Earlier this year we asked in a Question of the Week what the next six-figure Japanese car would be. Well, it seems that the A70 Toyota Supra Turbo is well on its way to that amount. Yesterday, a practically showroom-new 1987 example, with only 236 km on the odometer (147 miles) traded hands for $88,888.
According to the listing on Bring a Trailer, the car was used as a display model for most of its life at two Canadian Toyota dealerships. The first was Parkway Toyota in Hamilton, Ontario, the second was not disclosed, and then the Supra crossed the border when a US owner bought it in 2020. That owner, the seller, claims to have added 80 of its 147 miles, meaning more than half its miles were accrued in the last two years.
Finished in a very 80s combo of 042 White Pearl Mica and burgundy leather interior, it sports all the right options for a collector’s piece. It’s loaded with 8-way power seats, a removable Sport Roof, and ToMoCo’s semi-active TEMS (Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension), yet retains a 5-speed manual transmission.
Of course, the car owes much of its price to the fact that it’s a like-new condition. However, there is precedent. Last month, a 1992 model sold for $75,000. That car had a comparatively sky-high 13,000 miles on the clock, but was a final production year example finished in a rare single-year 749 Teal Metallic color.
Among Supra fanatics the 1989-92 facelifted examples are more desirable. They have a slightly improved suspension, updated styling, and a smidge more power from the 7M-GTE (232 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, versus 230 horsepower and 246 pound-feet, like the car in question). Yet, this early example is already teetering on the precipice of $100,000.
If the right example comes along — an ultra-low mileage White Package car, for example — that’s all it may take to push the A70 Supra into the six-figure range. Man, I remember not too long ago stripping these for parts for my Cressida when junkyards were filled with them. Strong A70 sales are no doubt buoyed by strong A80 sales. It just goes to show, names matter.
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Prepare for the onslaught of low mileage A70 Supras on BAT!
Yup. That $75,000 one was just the round in the chamber.
It was the first car I bought on Import Tuner Challenge and I easily spent way more than that on it by the time I was ready to buy the next car. However mine was a 600hp monster instead of a showroom perfect example. In real life, the one I built would likely be worth less than this.
I have always liked this generation and I recall looking at them a few years ago thinking I should grab one while they were still cheap. Of course, not having anywhere to keep it just added it to the list of cars I thought that about.
The reasons for the Mk3 supra’s price vs the Mk4 is different. The Mk4’s price is more because of the modern Fast and Furious /JDM high power craze, Whereas the craze for the Mk3 is more for nostalgia. That being said, I am glad the Mk3 is getting some serious respect.
Not sure how else to contact you guys at Nostagic Japanese car…
Have a look at the backstory on this 1980 Datsun Bluebird for sale in Australia. Amazing detail.