- The definitive Japanese performance car of the decade
- Clean CARFAX® and only two-owners from new
- 15th Anniversary Edition; removable targa top
- Sought-after 3.0L V-6 Twin Turbo 2JZ-GTE
- An unmolested example ready for continued enjoyment
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1997 Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo Targa
The late 1980s and early 1990s were a great time for the Japanese car industry and for sports cars in particular, with some of the most memorable designs to ever come out of the country before or since introduced from 1985-1995. One solid contender for the greatest of all of them is the Mark IV Supra, also known as the A80. While the Supra started as a car based largely on the Celica, it had developed into its own distinct model and by the time of the A80's unveiling at the 1993 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota had gotten ambitious. Toyota trimmed 220 pounds off the third-generation car, and while based on the same platform as the Lexus SC, the Supra was still thirteen inches shorter. It was also lighter than the rival 300ZX Twin Turbo and Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, and had double wishbone and multilink suspension, with turbocharged models fitted with a limited-slip differential and electronic traction control. The A80 also has remarkable brakes, with a four-sensor ABS system with yaw control that helps the Supra Turbo brake from 70-0 mph in 149 feet.
The most famous ingredient of the A80 Toyota Supra though, was its engine - the 2JZ-series straight six. Eminently tunable, it is a unit that people have tweaked over 2,000 horsepower out of, and even 700 horsepower is apparently possible without having to open the bottom end. In stock naturally aspirated form, the engine produced 220 horses. The twin turbo model, such as this car, generated 326 horsepower and came standard with a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox. This car was ordered with the optional four-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Peak torque came all the way from 1,300 to 4,500 RPM. 0-60 for turbocharged models came in about five seconds, and top speed was a limited 155 mph. Supras were raced all over the world from Pikes Peak to Le Mans and won championships in the Japanese Grand Touring Championship (JGTC) in 1991, 2001, 2002 and 2005. The A80 Supra soon became an icon of tuner culture. When introduced, the Supra was also one of the best-looking new cars on the market, not just from Japan but from anywhere. Turbo models also came standard with a rear-spoiler and, from 1996, a targa roof. 1997 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the Supra and its look was refreshed with an attractively restyled front bumper and headlights.
This two-owner example is finished handsomely in Alpine Silver and has the distinction of being a 15th Anniversary Edition 1997 model year Supra. Largely original and well kept, it is evident that this rare Supra has had an attentive owner that has never altered it from its stock original condition. Even the battery is a Toyota brand replacement. Factory equipment on this car includes 17-inch chrome plated Toyota rims, 15th Anniversary badging, black leather seats, factory AM/FM/CD/Cassette radio and a full complement of power accessories that one would expect in a premium performance car of this caliber.
The A80 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo is arguably the definitive Japanese performance car of its decade, and for that alone, it is highly collectible. It has also been a vastly popular tuner car, resulting in many of them having been greatly modified and subsequently, often damaged as well. Therefore, an original example such as this is nearly impossible to come by, making it considerably more desirable and appealing to discerning sports car collectors and enthusiasts.
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