Who knows how long this will last.
Those of us who grew up in the 1990s remember the A80 generation Toyota Supra as one of the best Japanese-built sports cars of the time. Today, values for that fourth-generation Supra have skyrocketed, commanding prices well above $50,000 for one in decent shape. Expect to pay even more for one that's been left bone stock.
Now that Toyota is about to unveil its fifth-generation Supra, don't be surprised to see A80 Supra price tags climb even further north. However, if you're in the market for a classic Japanese sports car, such as a Supra, and can't or are simply unwilling to fork over the amount of cash A80 Supras currently command, then we think we've found a solution. It's very simple. Just drop down a generation.
The A70 Supra first launched back in 1986 and was on the market until 1993. This was a vital generation because it was when Toyota first split the Supra from the Celica line, making them two different models. While the Celica switched to a front-wheel-drive setup, the Supra remained rear-wheel-drive. It also received a more powerful inline-six engine, a 3.0-liter unit rated at 200 hp. Toyota added a turbocharged version of this engine the following year. Both a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual gearbox were offered. To prove just how inexpensive A70 Supras are at the moment, we did some online shopping. Put it like this: the most expensive A70 Supra we found costs $15,900. Here are six A70 Supras we found that can probably fit your budget.
First up is this 1989 Supra Turbo. A one-owner car with a total of 94,798 original miles. It's accident-free and is in outstanding condition overall. The seller claims it drives perfectly as well, but there is one downside: it's an automatic. Not the end of the world, but it might help explain why the price tag is what it is.
Yes, this one still has an automatic, but its 3.0-liter inline-six has clocked just 48,000 miles. This one is also not the turbocharged model, so that could be another deal breaker right there for some. But still, this one has been garage kept and relevant systems such as the automatic climate control still work just fine.
Turbocharged A70 Supras became popular for obvious reasons. Take this one, for example. It has only 70,289 miles and has an impressive 230 hp instead of the non-turbo's 200 hp output. This Supra Turbo's silver exterior appears to be nearly flawless and we're digging its burgundy interior. It's a nice contrast. Nothing is mentioned as to how many previous owners it had, but its overall condition looks solid inside and out.
Okay, now we're starting to go up in price here but nowhere close to what A80 Supras command. For just under $16k you can be driving this stunning '88 Supra Turbo with just under 76,000 miles. Yes, it's an automatic. Again. But that shouldn't stop you from at least considering this Japanese sports car classic. The seller notes it's very clean inside and out and has some nice chrome trim as well.
Finally! An A70 Supra with a manual. This 1991 Supra non-turbo has had one owner since 1993 and is claimed to be in immaculate condition. It has been garage kept and features leather seats, new tires and an aftermarket navigation system. Oh, and did we mention it's also a targa top? It does have a little over 99,000 miles on its clock but considering it's almost 28 years old, that's not entirely unexpected.