At the test drive of the first 2020 Supras this week at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, Toyota also brought along several examples of classic Supras to go along with the new kid on the block. Sadly, though we were allowed to flog the A90 all we wanted, they didn’t let us drive (or even touch) these gems. A Toyota spokesperson even told that the A80 was CEO Akio Toyoda’s personal car, and of course we would never dream of risking the big man’s own car, but we feel like we’ve seen this car before.
Toyota owns a massive, 75-acre plot of land in Argyle, Texas near the company’s new headquarters in Plano. The ranch consists of horse stables, a 12,000-square foot Tudor mansion, several guest houses, and the pièce de résistance, a private test track. What the representative told us was that this A80 is the personal car of Akio Toyoda, and that the CEO/race driver uses it when he stays in Texas.
However, we are almost certain that this example, a rare 1993 in Anthracite Metallic, one of the most sought-after colors in the A80 palette. With a tan interior and chrome wheels, it’s a dead ringer for the example that used to live at the Toyota USA Museum in Torrance, California. If you look in the window, it even has the red and white placard that all cars from the museum have in common.
From 1993-96, Supras came with silver-finished wheels, but sometimes dealers would chrome them to gouge buyers with an extra cost. They weren’t factory, and while it’s possible that two Anthracite Metallic examples with dealer-chromed wheels would have ended up in different parts of the Toyota collection, we’re almost certain this the same car. Regardless of its origins, though, a stock A80 Supra is still a beautiful — and now expensive — sight to behold.
A gleaming black A60 Celica Supra represented the second generation. According to Toyota this particular example is from a private collection, and that reads as accurate as the example in the Toyota USA Museum is finished in Terra Cotta.
An earlier, likely 1982, model with a 145-horsepower 5M twin-cam inline-six, the A60 looked like a concept car for the road when it debuted. We stood there for a while admiring it with Kevin Hunter, head of design at Toyota’s Calty studio in Newport Beach and man who led the FT-1 Concept. He paid it perhaps the highest complement: “I want to get one.”
The earliest car in the display was a white A40 Celica Supra. We’re pretty sure we’ve never seen one in the Toyota USA Museum, and this one was said to be from a private collection. It was an incredibly preserved example, complete with period louvers.
The humble beginnings of the Supra came with a 110-horsepower 4M straight-six in 1979. Later versions of this generation were upgraded with a twin-came 5M with 117 horses, but the car was still in its infancy more a boulevardier than a sports car. Its sportiness would come with the A60.
You may remember that Toyota displayed a white A40 at SEMA last year, along with every generation of Supra together. This is not that car, but another white A40. Telltale signs include the red pinstripe, color-matched mudflaps, and an original dealer sticker still affixed to the trunk.
For the third-gen fans, we are sorry to report that there was no A70 present. Toyota says it couldn’t find a clean one in time for the event, and sadly there are clearly some gaps in the official collection. And if the boss man can pull an A80 out of the museum collection for his personal use, perhaps the gaps will grow even more.