I’m guessing most of you will have read this:
‘It’s not hard to find one running and in decent shape for a couple grand.”
Apparently ‘decent shape’ means something different now, as the market has risen on these cars. I found mine for 4 grand a few years ago, and while it was cosmetically mostly there, it’s needed enough stuff to get it running right (and still needs more to be ‘perfect’) that I’d hardly call it a budget friendly beater. Now I’m seeing NA Autos for 7 grand on my local craigslist.
“Even then, though, you’ll have a car that’s too big to be a real sports car, too small to be as practical as a family car, and you’ll have to re-do the head gasket and head bolts if you want to drive it hard, which I would.”
I’m going to go ahead and disagree with almost all of this. I’d call the Mk3 Supra more a grand tourer than a pure sports car, as even in 1987 the car had electronically adjustable suspension, cruise, power adjustable lumbar, bolsters, and power seats, power mirrors, headlight sprayers, and ample trunk space. The wife and I took mine to Las Vegas from Minneapolis and had plenty of room for clothes, two spares, enough tools to take the car apart (I’m the paranoid type when I pack for a long trip), and everything else we needed/wanted for comfort/convenience and had room to spare. The head gasket is a known issue, and honestly an easy fix. a MHG with ARP studs/bolts, torqued correctly, and you’re set.
“But I still can’t help but think that a MkIII Supra is the disposable, fuck-withable car that I could really use and beat the hell out of.”
The NA ones, sure. But as I said, the market is rising on these things, and the turbo cars are growing in price and desirability.
At the end of the day, I’d rather see a MK3 go to someone who likes the cars, not someone who sees it as an appliance. It seems like it’s not the car for Raph. Yes, I’m biased.
Mine for your troubles:
Oh look, a MN Mk3 at 14 thousand feet: