In the mid '90s, Toyota released a full-fledged GT car for the masses — a top of the line, analog masterpiece that not only took the world by storm, but became a staple in the auto community as the standard in World Beaters. It's called the Toyota Supra
, and here are a few reasons you should own one.
5. It's Appreciating in Value.
The Toyota Supra, for the public that truly craves it, is unobtainium. It's priced out of the range of the YouTube-obsessed teens that dream about them, and most banks won't give $30k loans to 20-somethings with no credit to finance a 20 year old Toyota with 120,000 miles. In this case, the only ones who buy the Supra are older people that want it as a nostalgia piece — something that they can recall from their childhood as being particularly cool. However, as other cars, such as the Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette, and Porsche 911 become more attainable to this affluent owner base, their prized Supras are being sold off in large quantities, but with higher premiums and more expensive modifications.
However, there is good news. The surge in prices for desirable examples (turbo, 6-speed manual) is starting to normalize and now you can find fair used examples of the twin turbo Toyota Supra starting around $25k, with some selling far below that.
See what they're selling for on eBay.
4. It's Quite Possibly The Most Reliable Sports Car Ever Made.
In the '50s, Japan's infrastructure and economy was in a slow recovery after the Second World War. Their automobile manufacturing industry produced a vast selection of cars, but they were about as reliable as a Ugandan bus route. Flash forward 50 years later, and the largest manufacturer of cars in Japan — Toyota — has rewritten the rules concerning reliability and engineering. What they accomplished in the '90s was absolutely beyond belief. Let me give you a few quick examples:
The base 2JZ-GE drivetrain, a 3.0-liter inline-six with an automatic transmission, was used in not only the Toyota Supra, but the Lexus SC300 and Lexus GS300. A quick look on the Lexus Owner's Club forum and you'll be able to find that the average mileage of naturally aspirated 2JZ drivetrain rivals that of some 18-wheelers. While Supras do tend to have lower mileage simply because they were more prized by their owners due to price and rarity, a glance at ebayreveals that it's more common to find a car with a deep 6-figure mileage figure than it is a sheltered garage queen.
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The body panels don't rust like a 240SX, the interior doesn't fall apart like an RX-7, and the clear coat doesn't crack like a 3000GT. It's built like a Power Wagon and looks better than any Ferrari of the decade. It's the perfect car to take cross country, and the first one you'd jump into at the first sign of a zombie apocalypse. Let's hope the new one lives up to the MKIV's awesome legacy.
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