the supreme supra
Stop Everything and Bid On This Perfect Toyota Supra Now
Given the way it’s been dominating the automotive conversation for months, you could be forgiven for thinking the 2020 Toyota Supra has already gone on sale. In fact, though, the turbocharged two-door is still a little ways away from reaching American showrooms—and given the clamor for it, odds are good there’ll be quite a line (and quite a markup) for the first units to roll off the boat.
Should you be the impatient type, waiting months to park a dreamy six-cylinder Toyota sports car (or possibly a four-cylinder one) in your garage might feel like an Eighth Amendment violation. In which case, why not throw a bid down on this perfect 1995 Toyota Supra, currently up for auction at Bring a Trailer?
Note that “perfect” doesn’t mean “original condition” in every case. This particular Supra—which, in spite of being 24 years old, has just 35,000 miles on the odometer—has received a handful of tasteful tweaks that arguably improve the package. The headlights have been upgraded to the far nicer units from the 1997/1998 model years; a GReddy boost controller and turbo timer (tastefully located out of sight in the glovebox) help manage the twin-turbo 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE inline-six; an aftermarket air intake helps it breath better; and an A’PEXi blow-off valve and Tanabe exhaust for some acoustic panache. In addition, the current owner—who added just 250 miles to the car—fitted the car with a new thermostat, timing belt, serpentine belt, idler pulley, water pump, cam seals, crank seal, thermostat, and more just two months ago at a Toyota dealership.
Of course, all those mods could have been done to any A80 Supra. What sets this one apart is how clean this targa-topped coupe is for its age. Apart from a couple touched-up rock chips, the Renaissance Red paint looks every bit as delightful as it did back during Bill Clinton’s first term. The creamy leather seats show barely any sign of having dealt with multiple owners’ butts over the years. The baseball-like shifter for the six-speed manual gearbox seems to be aching for you to grab it like Randy Johnson and throw it through the gates. All told, it’s every bit the car that your best self would have driven two decades back.
Should this cherry-red cherry ride tickle your fancy, you’d better act fast—and be ready to pony up some big bucks. The auction ends Wednesday, and as of this writing, the current bod sat at a cool $70,000. Sure, that’s enough to take home a very nice Corvette in this market. But you know you’d rather park this soon-to-be-classic piece of Nineties sports car perfection in front of your house.