Toyota has been known for decades for making some of the best built cars in the world, cars that are reliable, well-thought-out and offering attention to detail that is difficult for other manufacturers to rival.
The various sports cars from Toyota over the years have all of these qualities but deliver them in a way as to engage the enthusiast. Some critical say that Toyotas lack soul, but this is as much to do with the excellence of their designs and their overall quality. To me, this does not equate to lack of soul but instead raising the expectations of what a high-quality sports or GT car can be.
The first mass-produced Toyota that accomplished this was the Supra. The first-generation car was good, and the second was quite an improvement, but the third generation Supra really showed what Toyota was capable of, competing strongly in what was then a crowded segment.
The Pick of the Day is one of the third-generation cars, a 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo, and a very special time-warp example showing just 3,199 miles on its odometer. The Sudbury, Ontario, dealer offering this Supra on ClassicCars.com says it is a 100 percent factory original.
The only changes made to this Supra since it was purchased are a new battery and BBS 3-piece wheels that were added when the car was new, the dealer says. The car includes its original window sticker, keys, toolkit and owner’s manual.
The Supra is finished in Black Ruby Pearl with a Burgundy-leather interior, and options that include the Sport package with an electronic modulated suspension, and a Leather/Power packages that includes leather-faced seats, leather door trim, power seat package and antilock brakes.
The Supra Turbo was a performance car that could hold its own against the best of the world with its 3-liter DOHC turbocharged straight-6 putting out 230 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque. This made the Supra capable of 0-60 times as low as 6.4 seconds and a top speed according to Toyota of 156 mph.
With its third-gen Supra, Toyota was making a direct assault not only against Nissan 300ZX and Mazda RX-7 but the upmarket Porsche 944, whose top Turbo model was able to cover 0-60 only 4/10th of a second faster than the Supra Turbo, and with a top speed of 155. Combine this with the increase in service costs for the Porsche and the increased money needed to buy one when new, and Toyota had a winner.
With the popular fourth-gen Supras often commanding prices in excess of $70,000, this 3,200 mile third-gen coupe with an asking price of $59,000 looks to be a fair ask for a true future collector car.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.