It hasn’t been long since a Supra has been put up for auction at a price of $500,000. This clean A80 Supra (below) has seen as little as 7,000 miles during its life, and while it’s one hell of a Supra, it’s not worth the half a million it’s being sold for. However, could it just be a PR stunt for the Toyota dealer in Chicago that’s selling it? More than likely.
It’s true, Supras are more than overpriced, but if you thought $500,000 was a large enough price tag, wait until you hear what the first A90 Supra has sold for. The A90 Supra was sold at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale for $2.1 million – its VIN boasting the number 20201 with ‘2020’ reflecting the year of the Supra’s return, and the ‘1’ marking it as the first Supra to be sold of that generation.
This isn’t just an auction with too much money behind it, however. All of the proceeds went to the American Heart Association, USA’s oldest and largest voluntary organisation dedicated to fighting heart disease and strokes, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides help for post 9/11 impacted veterans and their families.
Now we know where the money’s gone, let’s get back to the car. This version of Supra has become the Marmite of the motoring world. I love it, but it seems as though everyone else hates it. Except for Bentley who I discuss the Supra with on our latest Podcast (you can hear that below).
It’s finished in matte grey with red mirror caps and matte black wheels. The interior is slathered with carbon fibre inserts and red leather. The engine, a 3-litre turbocharged unit by BMW, is signed by Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind spec, but maybe not so worthy of its auction value.
But, this isn’t about the car really. This is about the great deal of good it’s done. We’re sure the money has gone to a good home and hope it makes a difference.