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Modern Classic: 1993 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo

It’s hard to believe, but the fourth generation Toyota Supra is now eligible for import from overseas markets. This is a car that still seems relatively new to me, mostly because it was one of the most iconic tuner vehicles that me and many of my friends lusted over. Now, with a 1993 example clocking in at 27 years old, you can look to Japan or Europe to find a model of your liking if the local market has dried up. That come up for sale fairly infrequently here in the states, especially in the high-zoot twin turbocharged form with low miles. Find this example here on eBay with bidding up to $27,000 and no reserve.

In many ways, the iteration of the Supra turned the import world on its head when it first came out. I know many of our readers are muscle car fanatics, but recall how you felt when the Superbird showed up: it made your heart pound a little faster, seeing that wild aero nose and huge rear wing. The fourth-generation of the Toyota Supra had a similar effect, especially in twin-turbocharged form, in which the 2JZ-GTE six-cylinder kicked out an impressive 276 b.h.p. and 318 lb.-ft. of torque. I can’t find specs for the automatic transmission, but the manual could cover the 1/4 mile in a hair over 13 seconds at 109 m.p.h. While I normally kick dirt on automatics, this is the type of performance car that make good use of either option thanks to its out-of-the-box handling capabilities.

The automatic actually became standard equipment in the turbocharged models in the U.S. in 1996 due to OBD-II requirements, so it’s not uncommon to find the more powerful engine equipped with a slushbox. Plus, the Supra was equally happy being used as a grand tourer as it was a track car, an environment where it thrived in numerous road racing series. Given this Supra likely originated in Japan, the automatic is most likely due to the fact that driving a manual in crowded city streets is just plain unpleasant. This particular example looks slightly tired inside, with a driver’s seat that exhibits plenty of wear; mismatchedf floormats; and what looks like an aftermarket speaker installation in the doors. Mileage is on the high side at 169,564.

Of course, the most appealing feature of this Supra is its stock condition. These cars had a tendency to be over-modified, whether the turbocharged model or less powerful naturally-aspirated examples. The seller says the only change from stock is that aftermarket stereo, and I’m guessing the untouched drivetrain is driving much of the interest here. Given some of the recent sale prices for USDM examples with low miles, this example may make more sense to someone searching for a turbocharged example that needs some tidying up – I’m guessing the sale price will stay south of $40K, which leaves some room to clean up the interior, remove the aftermarket stereo, and address any deferred maintenance needs. This is the wing car of the 90s; get one while you can.



    Agreed. Get one while you can. The ADM version (LHD)I have seen them in the $60K plus for a manual 6 spd.

    With very little work can make over 1100+ HP. A wolf in sheep clothing for real.

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  2. suprarossa

    That is the standard location for the front speakers. The attractiveness of this particular JDM model is the active front spoiler (not available in the U.S.), although it is pictured as extended is a little worrying.

  3. djjerme

    at least they “Popped the hood”

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  4. Stangalang

    With just a little tuning I’ve seen an easy 500 plus out of these..intake..exhaust and fuel modifications go a long way

  5. Superdessucke

    Is that body kit original? It looks like it’s straight out of the local Pep Boys to me, but there have been some bad OEM body kits before!

  6. jimmy the orphan

    RHD, gooey go ? No go. Later ………………….JIMMY

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