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1987 Toyota Supra

In mid 1986, Toyota’s third-generation Supra was introduced. Stylistically speaking, it’s my favorite of the four generations, with it’s predecessor not far behind.


1987 Toyota Supra

Having been divorced completely from the Celica, which went fwd, the Supra started to establish a serious presence, and grow. Looking a little tasked to fill its larger dimensions, it nevertheless had a quality look and feel for the time. As well it should, for almost $25,000 which was only a few thousand shy of Corvette territory.


1987 Toyota Supra

The 1986.5 Supra was far from a Corvette slayer but that’s exactly what Car & Driver compared the 1987 Supra Turbo to, as well the Porsche 944 Turbo, Mazda RX-7 Turbo, and Camaro IROC-Z. Toyota claimed a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds but C&D achieved a 6.4 and had tested a Corvette at 6.1, around that same time.


1987 Toyota Supra

As with Chevy’s Corvette, the Supra was available with a targa-style removable roof panel. A feature I find extraordinarily appealing since I don’t personally care for the total exposure of a convertible.


1987 Toyota Supra

The interior, as with many Toyotas—of the time, was superb. Although cloth seats were standard, leather was optional for an additional $950.


1987 Toyota Supra

The switchgear had the tactile feel of an expensive home stereo receiver and everything was backlit. The other thing, though it sounds weird, for some reason the non-coordinated electronic displays (they’re all different!) just looked high-tech, instead of ill-conceived. As a side note, Toyota used that LED clock well into the 2010s.


1987 Toyota Supra Turbo poster front

Here is the front of a poster that was handed out by Toyota at the 1986 Los Angeles Auto Show (held in December), where the 1987 Supra Turbo was debuting. If you would like to see an even larger version, click here. Sorry about the fold down the middle.


1987 Toyota Supra Turbo poster back

The rear provides information on the car’s standard and optional features, as well as performance numbers, and dimensional and mechanical specifications. To see the larger version, click here.

What do you think about the third-generation Supra? Are or were you a fan?