EXCLUSIVE: 1980 Toyota Celica Supra 5-Speed

As some of you likely know, I am helping to clear out a large collection of project and parts vehicles from a private owner. You can read more about the collection here. As we move ahead with the process, I’ll be listing some of the more interesting cars individually, which will also help readers see more info about specific vehicles they may be interested in. Be sure to read the original post about the collection. This listing is for a 1980 Toyota Celica Supra with the preferred manual transmission. 

What Makes It Special? The Supra is enjoying a resurgence of sorts, thanks to Toyota introducing the latest form if its hallmark supercar at this year’s major auto shows. The original Supra combined handsome lines with inline-six power and rear wheel drive, an ideal configuration in any format. This Celica Supra is a project, but is rust-free and in extremely original condition.

Mechanical Condition: The 2.6L 4M-E inline-six comes with around 110 b.h.p. and 136 lb.-ft. of torque. While this Toyota is not running currently, the engine does turn freely and it was running when parked. The Supra is sold with a bill of sale; a title will be provided if it can be found in the seller’s collection of titles and other paperwork.

Body Condition: The body is the highlight of the car, with no rust or rot-through on any of the panels. The paint is believed to be original and the doors, hatch, and hood all open and close with ease. All glass is present as well. The lenses are all in good shape and it comes with original alloy wheels and matching Toyota center caps.

Overall, the Celica Supra is a sound basis for a project. The interior is tired in spots but the condition of the metal makes up for needing some upholstery work and perhaps a steam-cleaning of the carpet (or replacement carpet entirely). As interest in vintage Japanese sports cars continues to rise, cars like the original Supra will surely remain fan favorites. The car will be moved to the entrance to the property for easy loading and transport.

  • Price: $1,500
  • Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia
  • Mileage: TMU
  • Title Status: Bill of sale only

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Comments

  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Jeff,
    I think what you are doing with this WoodsFind collection is great.

    And while this car definitely has potential, the term “rust-free” would hardly apply here. The photo resolution doesn’t allow me to see the last year that the car was plated, but I’ll speculate that it was at least 5 years ago, and more likely a decade. Any car which has sat on dirt intermingled with pine needles and decaying leaves will have almost certainly developed some substantial corrosion underneath. Without at least lifting the carpet to look, you won’t know if there may be very weak floorboards, or they might even be AWOL.

    Unless my eyes deceive me, the panel below the right tail light has rust which has progressed beyond the paint-bubbling stage.

    In any case, how about a modifier, such as “appears to be relatively” placed in front of the “rust-free” claim?

    One other suggestion: When you visit this location to photograph a car, take along a gas leaf blower, and whoosh away the pine needles and accumulated tree fallout. Cleaning off the pile in front of the windshield, and what has stacked up along the fender tops inside the hood opening will show a lot more. And you can also maybe use a rake to clear away the low sides of the car.

    One thing we can all see…. There have been critters nesting inside, and that means the danger of chewed wires, along with what all mammals leave behind on a daily basis.

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  2. Howard A Member

    A Super? No, a Supra ( Jerry Seinfeld bit about Asians adding an A to everything) I know the author has a special interest in these cars, but DDB^, has a point, cars like this sitting in the dirt, is the worst thing,,no wait, under salt water would be worse. These were terrible rusters, and it appears the topside may be ok, if anyone actually restores these cars, plenty of good parts, but to try and get this one going again, will easily exceed what you could buy a running one for, if you could find one, that is. I guess it has that going for it.

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  3. Larry

    This is also a 1979, NOT a 1980, as this has the door mounted mirrors and what is left of a 1979 center console. Little things matter..and I agree, this will be FAR from rust free! Would be nice for someone to restore if the price is right…but a long way to go to become a top dollar Supra!

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  4. Butchb

    I had a low milage 81 Supra back in 1985. I remember it for being a real pooch, with a top speed of about 95 mph. The check engine light came on at 60,000 MI for no other reason than to take it to the dealer for it’s 60K mile checkup. Nice factory stereo though.

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  5. Maestro1

    I’d have to see the cars’ bones (suspension, etc.) before I bought it just to make sure that the underneath is not rotted and all the parts are there. Then I’d have an idea of the expense involved. Jeff, thank you for assisting this guy with his collection,
    he has some interesting stuff but he’s too far away and I’m looking for more space, always a problem on the Left Coast.

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  6. Del

    I would have to crush it fir 200 bucks

  7. KevinR

    Georgia resident here… The registration sticker reads 2007. That means the car was last registered in October 2006 if it was done on time. It has been off the road (or at least unregistered) for around 11-12 years.

    I would be surprised if this car is actually rust free.

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  8. Little Cars

    This was quite a car when new, but one has to keep in mind it was taken off the road and brought into this “yard” for some reason. Looking at the steering wheel cover, stereo guts hanging from the dash opening, and broken center console with the gear lever jammed into the aft position–one can surmise this was driven hard if it was actually driven onto the property. Nice to see a steel sunroof on this car. Probably didn’t do the interior any favors once the weatherstripping rotted away. Best of luck to you Jeff. Hopefully a JEM fan swings by and grabs this one.

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