Crazy buy or smart investment?
Anyone considering investing in cars should strongly consider seeking out one of Japan's many fine sports cars from the 1990s. The A80 Toyota Supra Turbo was one of them. Others included the Mitsubishi 3000GT, Nissan 300ZX, and Mazda RX-7. All left their respective marks on the sports car scene. When completely stock, low-mileage examples turn up today then chances are they'll sell for a pretty penny.
This Supra Turbo is the perfect example. When we first featured it last month, we predicted it'd sell for around $150,000 by the time the Bring A Trailer auction concluded on July 30. That date has come and gone and the final amount came to $201,000. The original price, indicated by the included window sticker, was $52,524. Adjusted for inflation, that'd be nearly $94,000 today.
Today's fifth-generation GR Supra begins at $50,000 for the turbo inline-six model, for comparison's sake. What made this particular A80 Supra Turbo so special? For those aforementioned reasons and then some. Mileage stands at only 7,000 and it's equipped with a six-speed manual instead of the optional (and less desirable) four-speed automatic.
Based on the images included in the listing, the car still looks literally brand new inside and out. There are no apparent blemishes anywhere, including the leather seats and dashboard plastic. That's pretty rare for a 26-year-old car. The accident and damage-free Carfax report attests to this. Until a few days ago, it's had a single owner since new.
Finished in Renaissance Red, a removable roof panel, mudguards, and that signature massive rear wing are all included. There were 60 bids placed during the auction period and that $201k final price indicates it came down to the wire between two individuals. We now live in a world where A80 Supra Turbos can potentially hit nearly supercar pricing territory.
Yes, Paul Walker's Supra from "Fast & Furious" sold for $550,000 this past June, but that's a modified Hollywood car driven by a beloved actor. It was an exception. Time will tell whether other surviving bone stock, low-mileage A80 Supra Turbos attract seriously high prices.