Digging That 80s Style
Finished in silver, the condition of this 1986 Toyota Celica Supra is very good overall. It features dual black pinstripes and black belt-line molding. The black plastic and rubber pieces all look to be in good condition as well. The sunroof is functioning properly and has zero rust.
Highlights include pop-up headlights, shown operating in the gallery, integrated fog lamps, roofline and decklid spoilers, rear wiper, full-width Supra tailgate decal, and polished twin exhaust outlets.
The original 14” eight-spoke alloys are retained, with scuffs and staining noted in the gallery. They are mounted in El Dorado Vision GTS rubber, with white lettering, sized 225/60 all around, and frame disc brakes at all four corners. As seen in the gallery, the tires are older, but there is no cracking as the car has always been garage stored.
Other exterior features include fender flares, Celica Supra badges on the hood and B-pillars, a wind deflector for the power-operated sunroof, and mud flaps at all four corners.
Per the owner, there is no history of paint or bodywork and no corrosion present. Surface rust on the undercarriage can be seen in the gallery.
Cosmetic issues, which are documented in the gallery, are as follows:
- Dent on the upper corner of the front right fender
- Dent on the header panel between the headlights
- Scratches on the right lower corner of the front bumper
- Scuff on the rear bumper cover below the left taillight
- There are a few stone chips in the paint, which can be seen in the gallery
A large assortment of spare parts, including an undented front right fender and header panel, will accompany the sale.
The cabin features specially ordered gray leather upholstery on the front sport buckets and a two-position rear bench. This is an uncommon spec as most examples came fitted with a blue, black, or red cloth interior. Wear on the front seats can be seen on the bolsters, including cracking on the driver’s side.
These seats were impressive at the time, known to be in the same league as Recaro, with the ability to fully recline and adjust in eight directions, including the cushion height, the side bolsters tightness, thigh support, and headrest angle. Not only that, the unique three-pillow pneumatic lumbar support ensures total comfort for these “Driver’s Sport Seats.”
Both rear seats are in good condition, as seen in the gallery. The dimpling noted in the lower corners of the seatbacks occurs when they are in the lowered position for a few days. Gallery photos depict how these dimples recover once raised.
The color extends to the carpeting, which looks to be very clean, and is protected by factory Toyota mats. The black door panels with gray inserts and carpeted lower sections show very well on both sides, as does the matching two-tone dashboard. Note the lack of cracks in the dash and ventilation registers, a common failure area on these A60 Supras.
Wrapped in black leather, the two-spoke steering wheel shows fading on the rim. It frames an analog instrument panel with an 8,000-rpm tachometer, 130-mph speedometer with an inset odometer reading 85,248 miles, and gauges for battery voltage, fuel level, coolant temperature, and oil pressure.
The ECT indicator in the gauge cluster is part of the Electronically Controlled Transmission system, a feature that was new to the automotive industry at the time. Using the center console switch, drivers can select between Normal and Power modes. Power mode adjusts the transmission shift points to a higher RPM when you want to open it up.
Black extends to the center stack and console, which include controls for the automatic climate system, original AM/FM stereo with a tape deck and manual equalizer adjustment, and switches for the fog lamps and rear windshield wiper. The stereo is another rare item these days as they are frequently updated with aftermarket head units.
Other features include power accessories, cruise control, and sun visors with illuminated mirrors shown operating in the gallery. All systems and accessories work, including the power-operated sunroof, antenna, side mirror adjustment, radio, and door locks. The only known issue is that the air-conditioning is ready for a recharge.
The map light, which plugs into the cigarette lighter, is a unique and difficult-to-source A60 Supra 80s-era accessory. An Osram Copilot, this tungsten-halogen utility light is fully mobile and even comes with the original packaging and household outlet plug!
As seen in the gallery, the lighter itself has never been used. Another neat item is the center-console-mounted light. It resides in a small tray just in front of the cover with a coiled cord allowing it to be stretched for use.
The gray perforated headliner appears to be tightly fitted and shows staining on the sunroof section. Other notable cabin areas include clean door sills and frames.
Out back, the well-kept cargo hold features black carpeting and an integrated roll-out cover with the jack and a spare belt within the side panels. Underneath, the original spare with the original tire is retained.
Smooth Running Straight Six
Mounted up front is the original DOHC 2.8L 5M-GE inline-six that pairs with a four-speed automatic to spin the rear wheels with a limited-slip differential. It was rated for 161 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque when new.
Factory features include Nippodenso electronic fuel injection, power steering, and selectable transmission driving modes.
There are no known mechanical issues with the car. The most recent service was an oil change performed last fall in preparation for winter storage and putting the car up for sale.
The current owner has performed all servicing personally over the past 20 years with significant work including the timing belt and valve seals. He also notes that prior ownership service records are limited to California inspection station reports.
Long Term Ownership
Located in Caledon, Ontario, this 1986 Toyota Celica Supra has been under current ownership for just about 20 years. In that time, only 6,048 of the original 85,248 miles have been added.
The car was originally special ordered from Japan by a couple who purchased it from Almaden Toyota (now Capitol Toyota) in San Jose, California.
They waited several months for delivery from Japan due to the unique combination of silver paint, leather interior, and sunroof. After the husband passed away in 1994, his wife traded the car in at Capitol Toyota.
At that point, the second owner purchased the Celica Supra – after being directed to it while the first owner was cleaning it out – and, in 2000, imported the car into Canada with 74,675 miles on the odometer.
When the second owner put it up for sale in 2003, a friend of the current owner saw it and contacted him as he is a serious Supra enthusiast, having owned some 12 examples over the years. At that point, the current and third owner bought the car on May 5, 2003, with 79,200 miles on it, fulfilling a dream to own the car 20 years after first setting eyes on one.
The car has been kept in 100% original condition and comes with the owner’s manual, a Haynes manual, floor mats, assorted spare parts, and the factory window sticker that lists a sale price of $18,053. As the seller notes, this Supra is an absolute joy to own.
Additionally, this Supra was originally sold in the United States, meaning potential US buyers will find a straightforward importation process.
Of the dozen different Supras he has owned over the years, the current owner notes today’s example is the cream of the crop, a truly special car. Increasingly hard to find in this kind of unmodified and clean condition, today’s Celica Supra is an excellent example of a classic RWD six-cylinder Japanese sports coupe.