The hammer fell at $173,600 for this 1994 Toyota Supra at the Amelia Island RM Sotheby’s auction
From RM Sotheby’s: Toyota’s fourth-generation Supra, known as the Mk IV, entered regular production for the 1993 model year and remained in production for the following nine years. The last examples were built in 2002 with U.S. exports ceasing in 1999. The most desirable variant was of course the Twin Turbo, which could be had in either hardtop coupe or targa body styles until 1996. Performance-wise, the Supra could more than stand up against many contemporary sports cars, boasting a 0–60 mph time of 5.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.1 seconds at 109 mph. The car quickly developed a serious following with import tuners and is still considered one of the most exciting Japanese performance cars of all time.
According to the accompanying CARFAX report, this Supra Twin Turbo Targa was sold new in Illinois and remained there for at least two years, accumulating nearly 6,000 miles. It was subsequently imported to Switzerland approximately one year ago. Presently, the odometer is currently showing 11,200 miles, which is believed original. It remains in brilliant and largely original condition throughout.
As many Supras were driven hard in their early lives, finding a well-preserved and highly original example can be difficult. As a result, low-mileage examples were highly sought after and quickly earned their collectible status. With the fifth-generation Supra unveiled at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Mk IV has garnered plenty of attention from collectors, new and old, alike. This impeccable example should not be missed.
On the back of a recent six-figure Supra sale at Bring a Trailer, this car sold for an even higher price. If you ever wanted proof that demographics are driving the collector car market you need look no further than the recent sales data on the Supra Mk IV. The $173,600 result here is a hard number to get your head around. A modern Japanese classic is now well established as a desireable collectible. Given that most of these cars were driven and modified, finding unmolested pristine low-mileage examples is tough if not impossible. While this outcome may be insane to many, there is a growing market that covets Japanese sports cars from the 1990’s. The Supra is the Holy Grail of modern Japanese sports cars. Well sold….for now!