A bona fide Future Classic, the second-gen Supra is a full-fledged GT with plenty of power and finesse.
On January 15, ClassicCars.com will be holding its third annual Future Classics car show in Scottsdale during Arizona Car Week.
In honor of the event, the Pick of the Day is a car that would easily qualify for that show, a 1984 Toyota Supra, offered by a dealer in Houston.
The second-generation Supra was the first real sports car Toyota built since the 2000GT. It was a huge update from the first generation, with a twin-cam inline 6-cylinder engine displacing 2,755cc with 160 horsepower and 163 pounds-feet of torque. Combine this with a solid chassis and Supra was the perfect car to take on the Nissan Z and Mazda RX7.
Unlike earlier and more-traditional sports cars, the Supra not only performed well but delivered in ergonomics and build quality as well. I remember driving one of these that my college girlfriend owned and thinking that it was so much better in just about every category than my old Alfa Romeo Giulia.
David E. Davis, writing for Car and Driver magazine called the 1984 Supra, “an absolutely delightful car, very much in the classical tradition of front-engine, rear-drive, six-cylinder GT coupes, but it replaces their fractious temperaments with all the angst of an anvil.”
This Supra is a true time capsule, the seller says, with all-original paint, interior and driveline that have somehow held up exceptionally well, the perfect car for preservation class at a Japanese car show.
The bumpers, trim and glass are still in amazing original condition, the seller adds, and it still has its original alloy wheels, which also look to be in great shape. They do disclose that the steering wheel and shift boot are worn and should be replaced.
The engine is strong through the power band, according to the ad on ClassicCars.com, and the 5-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly up and down through the gears, The engine recently had the top end rebuilt, my guess would be to replace a blown head gasket, something these Supras tend to do over time.
The car has traveled 132k since new even though it looks like a car that has traveled half that. The seller has receipts for engine work and other service items that have been done.
These second-gen Supras have a growing following and this car with an advertised price of only $8,595 looks to be a great deal for a Future Classic.