Toyota wants to keep classic Supras on the road for a long time.
After a long hiatus, the iconic Toyota Supra has made a long-awaited return and is now available across US dealers. Not everyone is enamored with the new fifth-generation Supra, however, since it shares some of its DNA with Germany's BMW. If you're a big fan of the classic A70 and A80-generation Toyota Supra, we have some good news for you.
Last year, Shigeki Tomoyama, head of Toyota's Gazoo Racing division, announced a new "GR Heritage Parts Project" program that will reproduce and sell new parts for the third and fourth-generation Toyota Supra. At the time, it wasn't clear which parts Toyota intended to resell for its classic, but now the Japanese automaker has announced the first details of its GR Heritage Parts Project.
As part of the program, Toyota will reproduce spare parts for the A70 and A80 that are no longer available, allowing owners who love the legendary Supra to continue driving them in the future. Best of all, these reproduced parts will be sold as genuine parts, which means they will be available to buy at Toyota dealers just like normal genuine parts for current models. They will also be sold both domestically and overseas in North America and Europe.
Available reproduced parts for the A70 Supra will include a propeller shaft, door handles, fuel sender gauge, weatherstrips, and front emblems. As for the A80 Supra, Toyota will be reproducing headlamps, door handles, and brake boosters.
The A70 hasn't been on sale since 1993 while the A70 hasn't been in production since 2002, so sourcing spare parts wouldn't have been easy up until now. Pricing and availability details haven't been announced, but Toyota says more information will be revealed at a later date. GR Heritage Parts will also be attending the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon from January 10 – 12, so we could learn more at the show.
Toyota isn't the only Japanese manufacturer reproducing parts for classic sports cars, either. Nissan, for example, sells spare parts for the R32, R33, and R34 Skyline.