Runs Strong: 1980 Toyota Supra

I have to believe early editions of now-iconic sports cars are going to see an uptick in price eventually. Cars like the Supra, 300ZX, and Starions are all entry-level classics at the moment, but for how much longer? It’s getting difficult to find cars like the first-generation Supra in reasonably restorable condition, which makes this 1980 model listed here on eBay for $6K such a treat.

This example looks like an honest survivor in need of some final sorting. I’m not sure if that’s dust on the rear hatch glass that’s indicative of a long-term slumber, but the seller does recount how easy it was to get this Toyota sports coupe to fire up again and drive reliably. The fuel injectors were rebuilt, “almost”-new tires installed and now the Supra is said to run well. The larger U.S. bumpers are a bummer, but the car is thankfully completely stock – a rarity among RWD coupes.

The interior is where the Supra needs the most work, starting with the driver’s seat, which has been replaced by a seat from what is clearly a later model car. The interiors on Toyotas of this vintage were typically quite delicate, and cars in southern or sun-heavy states tend to crack and became quite brittle. The body and mechanical components seem largely fine, so this restoration may be heavily concentrated on the interior of the car..

That’s the same story with the 1980 Toyota Supra we listed here a few weeks ago as a Barn Finds Exclusive. It has the preferred manual transmission with zero rust on the body. It’s not currently a runner like this car is, but given its a vintage Toyota, it shouldn’t take much. The interior is also this car’s weak spot, so be sure to check out the gallery photos in the listing to get a full idea on the condition of our Exclusive post.

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Comments

  1. firemedic2714

    Great car. I had an 84 Supra that was bulletproof. Toyota’s leather was indeed very fragile, but everything else was dvery durable. I always loved the tinted glass with “Supra” printed on it on the B-post.

  2. Gunner

    This first generation of the Supra has been my favorite. Such a classic design. However, I would much rather pay the 8800 BIN price for the 45K Brown example for yesterday, even with the automatic transmission. Restoration costs are very expensive and many times younever see a return on your investment.

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    • suprarossa

      Agree completely. This is overpriced for condition

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  3. JoeNYWF64

    I don’t remember seeing hoods on imports using 2 good old style simple american springs to hold it up that never wear out!! I applaud the above car!
    Good safety feature.
    No excuse why EVERY car didn’t/doesn’t use them, with many still using prop rods today! – r u kidding me, considering the cost of new cars?! & what year it is??!!
    & as for hood/hatch/trunk GAS STRUT SUPPORTS, think of how many failed/wore out, & how much profit was/is made on replacements. & the bumped human heads.

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