It’s interesting to think that Toyota tried to preserve the lineage of its sporty models by calling the original Supra a “Celica-Supra,” despite the fact that the more expensive two-door was a significantly different car. With a smooth inline six, rear-wheel drive and luxurious appointments, it was a forbearer to Toyota coupes to come. Find this survivor-grade Supra here on craigslist in minty shape for $7,800.
Though the seller doesn’t say it’s been repainted, that exterior sure looks good for the year. Wearing original wheels and accessory mudflaps, this Supra looks to be 100% un-messed with, and even the chrome trim appears as new. What’s even more surprising is that this Supra is located in Chicago, which isn’t exactly known for being kind to vintage Japanese tin.
The 2.6L SOHC inline-six shared duties with the Cressida sedan, delivering 110 b.h.p. While no screamer, it was reported by test drivers of the day as being a smooth operator, capable of keeping up with Datsun’s Z-Car. Unfortunately, those same road test editors took issue with the car’s handling, which seemed unsettled when the road turned curvy and more inclined to straight-line cruising.
However, the big coupe earned some redemption with its interior, which featured a tilting steering wheel and high-grade vinyl upholstery. This example also sports the optional rear window wiper, but no word on if it originally came with the factory 8-track. Overall, this seems like a worthwhile example if you’re on the hunt for a Japanese classic that likely isn’t done appreciating. Did any of you drive one when new?