This might be it, the example that takes the A80 Supra over the $100,000 mark. Just about everyone and their mother speculated that 2018 would be the year of the six-figure Supra, but the right one never came up until the last few days of 2018. It has just 7,111 miles on the odometer.
Bring-a-Trailer is auctioning one of the most desirable Supras to hit the market in ages. This particular example is a Renaissance Red on tan 1994 with a twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE, V160 6-speed transmission, targa top, and most importantly, in unmolested condition. Just over 4,000 6-speed Supras were sold from 1993-98 in North America, and the vast majority were driven hard and/or modified, so this is one of only a handful manual Supra Turbos that could have such low mileage.
The Supra on offer was originally leased in Florida, and had its lease bought out by the lessee once they moved to Pennsylvania. That lessee sold the car just shy of two years ago to the current seller, a dealer that claims it has stored the car in a climate controlled facility since. While the car states it is a two-owner car, it is effectively a one-owner with the original owner being Toyota’s lease program.
With a scant 7,000 miles on the odometer, the car is original all the way down to the tires. We would highly recommend either replacing them or getting some wheels and tires to put on just for driving. Originality is cool, but not when it puts you into a knot around a tree.
A cool original piece that doesn’t affect the drivability of the vehicle is the original instructions on how to remove the top in it’s proper place in the trunk.
Looking at the interior, the car exhibits immaculate care. Someone definitely took contemporary reviewers seriously when they compared the Supra Turbo to supercars, because this is the sort of care and detail more commonly see on a diaper-buffed Ferrari 348, which we don’t have to remind you was slower than this car. Detailed photos seen above show that the only real blemishes are the nine fingernail scratches on the driver’s side window switch panel, and minor rubbing on the shifter and steering wheel.
Some paint mismatch can be seen on the rear bumper but that is a not-uncommon issue with this color, as they were painted separate from the chassis at the factory. To be clear, there are no paint readings available, which has been a point of contention in the comments of this auction.
Under the hood the 2JZ powerplant remains completely un-messed-with. Even the battery is a Toyota unit (though not the original it was shipped with). Prior to driving the car, it would be a good idea to have an inspection done by a qualified technician. While the 2JZ is one of the most bulletproof and over-engineered engines in the world, 24 years is a long time for the rubber bits. That being said, if it is going to live in a collection, then it’s likely fine.
According to the posting, the only recent maintenance has been an oil change in 2017. The car is being offered with a clean Pennsylvania title. The seller included multiple photos of numbers-matching VINs throughout, and the CarFax report comes back as clear with true mileage reported. It likely is as clean as it looks, but as always with buying a car sight unseen, purchase with caution.
It is worthy noting that the Toyota and Supra scripture on the trunk lid are slightly misaligned. While this could be a cause for concern, it should be also noted that a number of dealers would replace badges if asked by the customer. No Monroney is provided by the current seller as of this time, but if it states that this car originally came with the gold trim package, that could explain the badging.
If you are looking to add a Supra to your collection and want the most prime example you can find, you would have a difficult time doing better than this example. The Supra Turbo is one of those rare cars that became a classic in its own time, with prices staying flat at the $30,000 range even at the nadir of its value arc. Could this car finally push it over the $100,000 mark?
The auction ends on Thursday, January 3 at 2:30pm and can be found on Bring-a-Trailer with seven bids as of time of writing. Currently, the highest bid is at $90,000. For those with the means, best of luck with the bidding. UPDATE – Sold for $121,000.
Yeah its looking that way.
Saw it on BaT this morning.
On one hand I’m happy that Japanese cars are finally getting the recognition they deserve, but I’m also amazed that they have immediately gone off the speculator deep end, and have gone from “used cars” to total unobtainium overnight.
Much as I’m not keen on these Supras, it’s good that Japanese cars are finally being viewed favourably enough to attract collectors.
On the flip side, it’s a shame that this will also push them out of the reach of people who’ll actually drive them…
Either way, a $100k Supra raises the eyebrows slightly. Not so long ago there was a 2003 RX-7 Spirit R for sale here in the UK at about half that, despite being rarer and not requiring some level of recommissioning. There’s currently a late pre-facelift NSX with 11.5k miles (manual, targa) for £70k, too… without beating the drum too much I know where my money would be heading!
To be fair the Supra hasn’t ever really been “attainable” unless you had $30k floating around in 2004.
The Rx7 was discontinued in Japan in 2002!
Sorry, typo. Point still stands!
Sold for $121k!
I smell possible sham bidding, like the white one last year.
I think I’d rather buy an A70 Supra in every single color it was offered in instead.