Weekly Treasure: All-Stock, Manual-Equipped 1990 Toyota Supra

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This rare gem has a killer price right now.

There are a select few cars that have generated a loyal following over the years, a following that's been able to withstand the model itself being discontinued. The Toyota Supra is definitely in this category. First launched in 1978, the Supra was initially based on the old Celica liftback, though it was longer and came powered by an inline-six instead of the Celica's inline-four. Toyota initially wanted the Supra to be a competitor against the Datsun Z-car, now the Nissan 370Z.

The first-gen Supra received yearly updates until it was replaced in 1981 with the second-gen model. Again based on the Celica platform and powered by an inline-six, Toyota offered two slightly different versions for the US market, the L-type and P-type, with L standing for luxury and P for performance. They were mechanically the same, but various options, tire size, and body trim differed. The P-types also came standard with a limited-slip differential.

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The third-generation arrived completely redesigned in 1986, and this Supra was a major step forward compared to its immediate predecessors. While the fourth-gen A80 Supra still receives most of the attention these days (and increasing values) along with the currently on sale 2020 Supra, the third-gen model shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, it too could soon find itself commanding high prices.

One of the things that made it stand out was the linkage between the Celica and Supra was officially broken; the former switched to a FWD setup while the Supra remained RWD. The inline-six engine received a power boost to 200 horsepower and in 1987 a turbocharged model was added. This Supra Turbo had a total of 232 hp at 5,600 rpm and 254 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. Both a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic were available.

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Jump ahead to 1990 and Toyota's Supra updates included new wheel designs, a redesigned steering wheel, and numerous other minor interior design upgrades. This generation Supra Turbo also took part in the Japanese Touring Car Championship, resulting in the limited edition Turbo-A road car. Homologation requirements saw 500 examples built solely for the Japanese market. The third-gen Supra and Supra Turbo soldiered on until 1992 when the A80 was introduced.

Now, we've recently seen some completely stock A80 Supras with crazy low miles sell at auction for over $100,000 in only the last few months. It's hard to say whether this trend will continue, but we predict another one could start: increased A70 Supra prices, assuming the Supra in question is in excellent shape. As it turns out, we've found one that seems to fit that description.

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This 1990 Toyota Supra is currently up for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles for just $10,900. It has only 74,000 miles on its clock and the seller claims it's all-original with no modifications. This fully stock Supra is also equipped with a five-speed manual, which is supposedly hard to find nowadays. Based on the photos, this car looks immaculate inside and out. It truly looks brand new, at least from the outside. There also don't appear to be any major interior flaws. Heck, it's hard to find any sort of blemish on the dashboard and seats.

Although this A70 Supra is not a turbo model, it still has serious credentials. It's a RWD, manual-equipped Japanese sports coupe with around 200 hp. It's a 30-year-old classic that deserves respect and the right new home.

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