Many Supras are finding their new owners at auctions.
Supras sold at expensive prices
Toyota’s iconic sports car, the Supra. In 2019, the car has revived from 17 years of discontinuation with the help of BMW to design the new Supra.
But the previous model, the A80, is still popular because of its appearance in movies and games. This lead to the skyrocketing prices at second-hand markets, including auction prices.
So what kind of a legend did the model marked?
There are many car auctions in this world but among those, the most famous auction for its specialization in collector vehicles is “Barrett-Jackson”.
Barrett-Jackson is the world’s largest car auction that is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ.
Its origin dates back to the early 1960s, when two car enthusiasts, Russ Jackson, and Tom Barrett, talked about their dreams of starting an auction company. And in 1971, they actually did.
In addition to its home base in Scottsdale, its auctions are held in many locations such as Las Vegas, Houston, and more. Online bidding is also available, allowing enthusiasts to bid from all over the world. In 2021, the auction marked its 50th anniversary.
Japanese sports cars are particularly popular due to the rapid increase in the popularity of “JDM (Japanese Domestic Market)” cars, which are cars from the 1980s and 1990s with right-hand-drive specifications, orange blinkers, side visors, vehicle inspection (shaken in Japanese) stickers, and other unique Japanese equipment and specifications, as well as cars that were allowed to be imported and registered for sale in the United States under the “25-year rule”.
Recently, Nissan’s Skyline GT-R, which appears in the movie “Fast & Furious,” and other cars such as the Supra are being sold for high prices at auctions.
At the Barrett-Jackson auction held in Las Vegas in June 2021, the iconic orange Supra from the first Fast & Furious movie attracted a great deal of attention when it sold for $550,000. Although the car was a 4-speed automatic model only used for interior and exterior shots, the fact Paul Walker drove this particular car lead to the surprisingly expensive bid-off price.
So, what other kinds of Supra have been sold at Barrett-Jackson’s auction?
1997 Toyota Supra Turbo Anniversary Edition (JZA80)
Sold for: $88,000
Mileage: 58,240 miles
This particular Supra appeared at the same Las Vegas 2021 auction where the Fast & Furious Supra was sold. Manufactured in August 1997, the car was sold as a 15th Anniversary Model.
For the 1997 model sold in the United States, all models bear the name “15th Anniversary Model”. Many people think why the car was named 15th anniversary in 1997 because the very first Supra was introduced in 1978. But the most popular theory is that the second generation Celica Supra (A60) was first introduced as the 1982 model of the car, thus marking its 15th anniversary in 1997.
A total of 1,379 units were manufactured that year, and 384 units had a special “Deep Jewel Green Pearl” paint. This particular car has a combination of that exterior color with a black & tan leather interior.
Under the hood sits a 3-liter 2JZ-GTE inline-6 twin-turbo engine with a Getrag 233 6-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 320 hp at 5,600 rpm with the torque being 315 ft-lb at 4,000 rpm.
Despite the car has nearly 60,000 miles on its meter, the car was sold for a surprising $88,000. We can easily understand how the car is still popular even it ran very much.
Toyota discontinued the turbo model for the Supra in 1998 due to stricter emission regulations.
1997 Toyota Supra Turbo Anniversary Edition
Sold for: $176,000
Mileage: 69,891 miles
Another one we have right here is also a 15th Anniversary Edition from 1997 but is painted in black and its body is a normal coupe model. The car was sold for $176,000, exactly twice as much as the aforementioned model, at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2019 auction.
The fact that this is a coupe model with its body being very clean is thought to be the reason for this staggering expensive price. Other than its exhaust pipes and springs, the car is in its stock condition.