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Father-son project Supra


Toyota launched the third generation of its Supra sports coupe in 1986. The Pick of the Day is a 1989 Toyota Supra that was a father-son project.

“My son has moved (and I) need the garage space,” the father says in the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com.

According to the ad, the father/son tandem purchased the car from its original owner. The car is “solid… zero rust. Never in an accident.” It still wears most of its original paint, though the bumper covers and hood have been re-painted.

1989 Toyota Supra, Father-son project Supra, ClassicCars.com Journal

It appears that the car received the typical performance upgrades that the Millennial generation likes to make to such imports, though the selling father notes that the mods were “simple” and that all the original parts were retained “so this Supra could easily be a concours car.”

Modifications include rebuild of engine and transmission with upgraded camshafts, valvetrain, head studs and bolts, steel head gasket, forged pistons, rebuilt and upgraded turbocharger to boost the boost by 30 percent, cold-air filter, stainless exhaust system, Wilwood Big Brake kit, wheels and tires.

Also a Kenwood audio head unit with Bluetooth, upgraded speakers, etc.

“Power windows, locks, mirrors, cruise control… everything works!” the seller notes. “Automatic climate control with A/C – blows cold!”

Originally based on the Toyota Celica, the first three generations of the Supra had 6-cylinder engines based on the M engine that powered the Toyota 2000GT. 

The ties between the Celica and Supra were cut for the third-gen Supra, which remained a rear-drive vehicle while the Celica became a front-driver.

Supras have always been performance/grand touring sports coupes, and after several years’ absence from the Toyota lineup, a next-generation Supra is due as a 2019 model. Its launch figures to bump the prices of vintage Supras, as has happened with other vehicles returning from multi-year hiatus.

The car is located in Stockbridge, Michigan, and is available for $16,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

1989 Toyota Supra, Father-son project Supra, ClassicCars.com Journal

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


    • Always excellent to see a father and son spend time on something for sure but I feel the son may have taught the dad a thing or two . Looks like the car was kept In fantastic shape over the years because that interior is super original and your not find these cars in blue at the wrecking yards anymore. If it were a stick I’d want it for myself. Nice job guys .


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