A few weeks after I waved goodbye to my Plymouth Barracuda, its successor was delivered at my front door. Initially, I went to see a 1978 Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC. But in the end, I clearly opted for something completely different.
As a funny aside, it was a Mercedes-Benz that transported the classic Toyota to its new residence; a 2012 Sprinter 319 CDI with a 3.0 V6 turbodiesel. But that’s not important right now.
The moment I laid my eyes on this Celica Supra Mk2 in the seller’s showroom, I already knew it would be mine.
Shortly after it was imported from the US, the car got a major overhaul. That included a new and excellent paint job in its original color, Maroon Metallic.
Another significant part of the whole process, something that many of you must have noticed immediately, was that the Toyota got a Euro-spec rear side. It was sourced from a Belgian donor car.
Restored rims and new BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires all around.
Oh yes, the automatic transmission went out of the window too, the car now has the Celica Supra’s five-speed manual. Working effortlessly and flawlessly, exactly as expected.
Toyota’s 5M-GE inline-six engine in all its glory. DOHC 12v, electronic injection and ignition, 2.8 liter displacement.
It speaks for itself that I only feed it with high-octane, ethanol-free gasoline.
And there it goes, its maiden voyage after delivery. Only time will tell if this classic will also stay in my garage for a decade, like the Plymouth did. Let’s see, by then I’ll be 65 years old. Seems to be a perfect age to step in an old Three Pointed Star.
Curbside Classic: 1985 Toyota Celica Supra MK II – The One I Should Have Bought by Paul Niedermeyer
CC Outtake: 1985 Toyota Celica Supra – Simply Superb by Joseph Dennis