This Cheap JDM Supra Could Be the Restoration Opportunity of Your Dreams

This Japanese-market Supra is in need of some love, and the price reflects that. You should buy it.

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Mk IV Toyota Supra values have gone through the roof in the past few years. I thought about buying a running, driving example last year for $12,000, but decided against it because I though it was way too much money. Now, even automatic-equipped Turbos are commanding near six-figure price tags. This cheap JDM example could be the deal you're looking for, though.

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, this right-hand drive hardtop JDM Supra was recently imported and granted a title, meaning registering it any state shouldn't be too much of an issue. It's a naturally aspirated example, equipped with the less desirable five-speed manual transmission (Turbos got beefier six-speeds that could handle more power). It's also not in the best condition cosmetically—the clear coat is faded, and there's some body damage in the rear. It has a fair bit of mileage too—237,000 km, which comes out to about 147,000 miles.

But aside from that stuff, this is still a running, driving, manual Supra listed . US-market Supras are selling for much more than this car, even in this condition. Though there are some modifications, it's nothing that can't easily be reversed or improved upon. Things like a set of AVS wheels, a driver's-side Bride racing seat, and an aftermarket steering wheel are all present. I personally love an OEM look, so I'd source a set of Turbo five-spokes, slap the stock steering wheel back on, and call it a day.

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If you're looking for a cheap Supra with minimal body damage that hasn't been ruined by years of bad Fast and Furious-inspired mods, this could be the car for you. Just do me a favor and don't ruin it with a terrible bodykit.

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