This is the nicest Toyota Supra Turbo I’ve seen in ages: an absolutely mint 1993 model, totally stock, factory everything, perfectly preserved, with just 17,000 miles on the odometer. It’s perfect. It’s beyond perfect. It’s a brand-new MkIV Supra Turbo, the car every tuner wants, the Japanese classic that’s really shooting up in value.
The problem: It’s an automatic.
Let’s back up. First, a little history of the MkIV Supra: Back when Toyota was still building muscley sports cars, this generation of the Supra was sold in the United States from 1993 to 1998, and it rivaled the usual Japanese sports car suspects — the Mitsubishi 3000GT, the Nissan 300ZX, etc. Two versions of the Supra were offered: a non-turbo model (220 horsepower) and a Supra Turbo (320 hp); both were available with manual or automatic transmissions.
In the ensuing years, a legend has grown around the Supra. While its rivals have languished in price, the Supra has shot up, in some cases surpassing even the Acura NSX, which was generally agreed to be more special and unique throughout the 1990s. And so, when you see a mint Supra Turbo like this, you get very excited. Until …
The thing is, you can always swap out the transmission — it’s an easy swap, especially considering Toyota made stick-shift examples. But then you lose the originality that makes this car so great. Instead, what you’d really like to do is build a time machine and go back to 1993, when this car was first sold, and beg the original owner to opt for three pedals — if only so it could, in 2018, be the most perfect Supra Turbo in existence.
If you’re interested, this Supra is offered for $75,750 by Penn Toyota in Greenvale, New York, on Long Island. Find a Toyota Supra for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.
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