1982 Toyota Celica Supra

This was one of my first posts in this blog. I’ve updated it to reflect both changes in my posting style and substantial improvements in available data.

“The ultimate performance Toyota.”

Remember when Toyota made a reasonable amount of cool sporty cars?

I do.

I believe they really nailed it with the Mark II Celica Supra. First, the styling: though based on the Celica, the longer hood (to accommodate the Supra’s inline six) substantially changed the look of the car.

There wasn’t just the styling, though—Supras included all kinds of other upgrades, including pop-up headlights (you’ll have to believe me that they were very cool in the 1980s) and a notably higher level of interior equipment.

1982 Toyota Celica Supra, the 1982 Motor Trend Import Car Of The Year.
1982 Toyota Celica Supra, picture courtesy of Motor Trend from their Import Car Of The Year photo shoot.

The engine was Toyota’s 145 bhp 5M-GE 2.8 liter/168 ci dual overhead cam fuel injected inline six, giving a 0-60 time of about 9 seconds (spritely for 1982) and a top speed of approximately 125 mph. Over the next few years, engine power would climb to 161 bhp.

Mileage with the standard five-speed manual transmission was 21 city/34 highway by the standards of the day (19/31 by today’s standards). Choosing the four-speed automatic transmission reduced highway mileage to 32 highway.

Two models of the Celica Supra were available: the L– (for “Luxury”) Type and the P– (for “Performance”) Type. The $13,598 L-Type (about $33,500 in 2014 dollars) included standard power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and a tilt steering wheel. Moving up to the $14,598 P-Type (about $36,000 in today’s dollars) added fender flares, a limited slip differential, seven-inch-wide aluminum wheels, and eight-way adjustable sport seats.

Here’s a classic commercial, with legendary (and very tall) race car driver Dan Gurney shilling for the brand new Supra.

According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for a 1982 Toyota Celica Supra in #1 condition is $15,100. A more “normal” #3 condition example is valued at $6,500.