In the car world, the fourth generation Toyota Supra has achieved legendary status. The Supra got its cred partly because of its design, but also because of the roles it has played on the silver screen.
For sale right now on AutoTrader.com is a car that was featured in the movie The Last Ride, starring Dennis Hopper.
The Supra has a history with movies. Prices for the Japanese coupe jumped after the release of the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious where the main character famously drove a highly modified orange Supra. Since the release of that film, Demand for Supras has skyrocketed, and good examples have been known to sell for far above official values.
After the success of the original Fast and Furious movie, its director Rob Cohen was contacted to write a new movie called The Last Ride. The film debuted on TV and had limited success, but it's full of fast cars and racing sequences.
In order to shoot certain scenes, the filmmakers turned to local automotive enthusiasts to supply cars. This silver Supra was one of the cars selected. "We went up there and filmed street racing scenes for about eight hours," the car's current owner, Julie Buchta-Davis said, "It was a lot of fun."
The turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the Toyota Supra has a reputation of being an extremely reliable motor that responds exceptionally well to aftermarket upgrades. It's not unheard of for some owners to squeeze over 1,000 horsepower out of these cars.
Because of this, finding a lightly modified example like this one can be a long and tiresome process. That's not to say this car hasn't had some customization. Some minor brake upgrades and an aftermarket exhaust were added from Toyota's own TRD line of performance parts.
The owner is asking $56,000 for the car, which puts it well over most Kelley Blue Book value for similar Supras, but it's hard to get an accurate estimate on cars like the fourth generation Toyota Supra. People who would buy this type of car usually wouldn't consider anything else.
Car enthusiasts tend to follow their hearts more than the average buyer. When you approach a purchase from that perspective, a little extra money might not matter when you're talking about one of the best performance cars ever to come out of Japan.