This 1985 Toyota Supra is a dream come true for 10-year-old me
I rode in my first Toyota Supra in 1985, when I was 10 years old. The experience fueled an obsession to someday have my very own Supra.
I pass a small car lot on my way to and from work. In 2006, I noticed they had an ’85 Supra for sale. At the time, my friends were into classic cars, and they were always working on theirs, so I was a little envious. After a long and hard debate in my head, I gave in and decided to check out this Supra.
I couldn’t escape the thought that it was 21 years old and probably needed work. But then I walked up to it, circled it a few times, and was impressed. I felt the same way once I checked out the interior, which was all original. A one-owner car with records from day one, it only had 119,000 miles on it. And that one owner turned out to be an older lady who really only used it for grocery shopping. The big question was how did it drive, so I asked to take it for a spin.
Out on the road, my adrenaline kicked in. The Supra was smooth, quiet, and seemed like a new car. The A/C worked, and the original radio worked, too, though the speakers were blown from age. The car felt perfect, and I loved it so much.
The dealership was asking $3500, so I offered $3000 cash, which they accepted. My dream finally had come true; I was the proud owner of a 1985 Supra with a leather interior and every top-of-the-line option of the era.
The car is now 38 years old, with 172,000 miles, and I have kept it as original as possible. In fact, the only upgrades have been new speakers and a stereo that looks period-correct. I have tinted the windows, added some wood grain on the ashtray cover, put on a newer steering wheel cover, and updated the A/C to R134a. I only drive it on sunny California days and to car shows. I get many compliments, and I have had people ask to buy it, but the answer is always no.
I’m thrilled to have such a classic Japanese sports car in original condition, and I plan on keeping it for the rest of my days.
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