The Toyota Supra has ascended to sheer unobtainium status in the used car market in less time than anyone imagined. However, the fact remains that there should, in theory, be a fair few that are in need of work and able to be had for a song. The question is, where the hell are they?
On a daily basis, I search Craigslist, eBay, and when I’m absolutely desperate, AutoTrader to research not only values for fourth generation Toyota Supras, but values for examples that would be considered a laughable total loss by any rational insurance adjuster.
Try as I might, I just can’t find any cars that I would consider affordable, especially given that it’s a 23-year old Toyota that shared its powerplant with other, cheaper, cars of the era.
I get that you can pump a hell of a lot of power through its engine, but I don’t think paying almost six figures for one is anywhere near realistic.
Given that the potent MKIV Toyota Supra platform ran for six years in North America with nearly 12,000 examples sold, it stands to reason that a fair few should be on the market as abused and needing work examples, yet these are proving more impossible to find by the day.
As a separate and parallel case study, the third generation Mazda RX-7 also had an upwards value climb over the past few years, yet there are still examples in need of work being sold for reasonable amounts to ambitious and frugal backyard mechanics—all despite a shorter production run and similar production numbers in North America.
Having said that, maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places. Are there any barn find or project car Supras to be had, or are we calling it a wrap on the attainability of these modern classics? My inner child hopes it’s not the latter.