The first mention of the Supra name in the automotive world came about in the late 1970s in Japan, where it was launched as a variant of the compact Celica liftback. The Supra became a popular performance car – particularly in the “tuner” communities – because of its agile handling, capable drivetrains, and strong aftermarket support. These days, finding an unmodified Supra is no easy task, and finding an original with fewer than 50,000 miles on the odometer is even more challenging. That’s where today’s Super White 1994 Supra Turbo comes in: This car is being offered on AutoHunter by a private seller in Arcadia, California, and the auction ends this coming Wednesday.
Today’s Supra comes from the fourth generation which launched with the “A80” body in model year 1994. Chassis components at the time were shared with the first-generation Lexus SC coupe (sold as the Toyota Soarer in Japan). This Supra has somehow survived for the last 30 years without being modified. The CARFAX report also shows California-kept ownership all its life, with no accidents or damage on record. A new owner was reported about three years ago, and the history overall is squeaky clean.
The Supra was offered with two different inline-six powerplants: One was the 3.0-liter 2JZ-GE, and the other was a 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE with twin turbos. The latter was capable of 320 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. Toyota and Lexus shared this architecture for a number of years. In fact, my brother’s 2002 Lexus IS300 that was recently raced at No Fly Zone in Arizona has a 2JZ-GTE motor. His entire “brand” on social media centers around the “Two Jay” name for that reason.
While the Supra could easily be put to use as an all-out race car, it also catered to the grand-touring crowd – especially when outfitted with the optional four-speed automatic transmission as seen in today’s feature car. The roof has a color-matched removable panel for an open-air feeling, and the cabin is appointed with leather upholstery and automatic climate control.
You could argue that this car offers the best of multiple worlds: It has a performance-bred (yet reliable) twin-turbocharged heart, the sexy looks of a sports car, and the comfort and conveniences of a long-distance highway cruiser. You won’t find an opportunity like this very frequently. Check it out!
The auction for this 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo ends Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 12:15 p.m. (MST)