A couple of years ago, this ’85 Toyota Celica Supra greeted me from the parking lot of a local, neighborhood coffee shop. The model year is identifiable by the smoother sunshade mounted on the rear hatch and the absence of the third brake light mounted beneath the rear spoiler. These were Japanese muscle cars I always felt were okay to like in my hometown, the birthplace city of General Motors. The way the parking lot lights hit and cast shadows on this one’s lean, muscular, geometrically-sculpted body enhanced what I find to be this generation’s enduring visual appeal. Its successor, the A70 that appeared in the U.S. in the fall of ’86 (of which I am also a fan), sported smoother contours, but in terms of lasting beauty, the featured A60 – which ran from 1982 through ’86, is probably my favorite Supra of all time.
The U.S.-spec cars were reasonably fast for the times, able to do 0-60 mph in about 8.5, with a 16-second quarter-mile. Standard power for ’85 came from a 161-horse, 2.8L in-line six paired with a 5-speed manual. At the time these were new and in my young mind, I remember thinking of these as being legitimate alternatives to the high-spec Camaros and Firebirds that were plentiful on the streets of Flint, Michigan. While it has been a while since I’ve seen another Celica Supra of this vintage, I’d be willing to bet their survival rate surpasses that of same-year GM F-bodies.
Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Thursday, January 29, 2015.
Related reading from Paul Niedermeyer: Curbside Classic: 1985 Toyota Celica Supra MK II–The One I Should Have Bought.