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Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
The first two generations of the Toyota Supra were well-equipped, long-wheelbase, six-cylinder variants of the Celica hatchback. Then in 1986, the two cars went separate ways. Celica transformed into a sporty front driver, and Supra went off on a new rear-drive sports-car platform. It’s that first Celica-free Supra that we think would make for a nice set of cheap wheels.
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DETROIT—After years of teaser concept cars, sneak peeks, “leaked” info, and buff-book speculation, one of the most anticipated new Toyota models in years finally makes its official debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The New Toyota Supra is set to launch later this year as the first new Supra in the U.S. market in 21 years.
by Don Sikora II
Toyota’s Scion and Lexus divisions both offer models aimed directly at enthusiast buyers, but the Toyota brand itself has been devoid of a truly sporty offering for quite some time. However, it appears as though Toyota will be adding a real sports car to its lineup in the near future, and will possibly be reviving one of its most-storied model names—Supra—in the process.
DETROIT – In revealing the FT-1 concept, Toyota was careful never to use the word Supra. Indeed, the company is keen to drive home the point that the show car is just that, a show car.