Having graced the screen of several “Fast & Furious” films and countless video games, the A80 generation of the Toyota Supra is the most famous car to wear the Supra name. But what about the Supra that came before it? The A70 generation of this iconic Japanese sports car deserves some love too for being an innovative, forward-thinking performance car that was ahead of its time.
Today’s Autotrader find is a well-preserved example of the A70 Supra and it’s one of the most desirable versions that Toyota has built. Here we have a 1987 Toyota Supra Turbo for sale in Chandler, Arizona, with an asking price of $19,500. The standard Supra was an exciting car, but when Toyota added a turbocharger in 1987, it took this Toyota to the next level.
The A70 is the first generation of the Supra that was its own model. The two Supras before that were technically performance variants of the Celica intended to compete with the Datsun (later Nissan) Z car. When the Celica made the switch to front-wheel drive, the Supra finally became its own distinct model sticking with rear-wheel drive and a new version of its trademark inline-6 engine.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about the engine. This is the 7M-GTE 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, which makes 231 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. That’s a pretty nice boost in performance compared to the naturally aspirated version of this engine with an increase of 31 hp and 44 lb-ft of twist. Turbocharged performance cars today are a dime a dozen, but there was something exotic about forced induction on a production car in the ’80s.
The example you see here is in excellent condition with a little over 45,000 miles on the clock. The burgundy exterior paint and the red interior may look a bit dated, but it’s a good reminder of the time period this car is from along with its angular body and pop-up headlights. Like all Supra Turbo models at the time, this comes with the Sport Package, which added improvements including a limited-slip differential, headlight washers and Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension (TEMS) — a semi-active suspension system with a Sport mode. The cherry on top for this specific car is a rear roof visor, which was an option only available in the Japanese domestic market.
If you’ve had an eye out for a clean A70 Supra, this one is definitely worth considering. It’s significant for being the first year the Supra was available with a turbocharger in the U.S. and that JDM visor adds a nice touch that’s unique even for a turbo A70. The fact that it’s also more affordable than a new Supra or the more popular A80 in similar condition makes it a pretty good bargain in classic Japanese sports cars. Find a Toyota Supra for sale