Hey, Duane here! Rewind to 1993, the new fourth generation Toyota Supra was just introduced. Lighter in weight, it was a serious sports car touting twin turbochargers, rounded muscular body, and enormous rear wing.
I was driving my pearl-white 1987 Supra Turbo with 230-hp and longed for the new aggressive-looking Supra. 0-60 mph in 5 seconds was doable in the 4th generation Supra with its noticeable bump to 320-hp from the 3.0L sequential twin-turbo engine mated with 6-speed manual transmission. Sadly, sticker shock kept me and many others from buying as incomes had not kept pace with the Supra’s severe price increase brought on by unfavorable exchange rates.
Two years later in 1995, Flamin’ Jamin was back living in Indy. He was the same friend instrumental in me buying the 1987 Supra and the pilot of the stolen Corvette fiasco. Still the same energetic off-beat person and still into cars, he took the initiative to call several Toyota dealers in the region on my behalf in search of the increasingly rare 4th generation Supra.
Jamin located a year-old but still new and unsold red 1994 twin-turbo Supra an hour away at a Toyota dealer. It had 69 original miles, and they would only let me test-drive it if I bought it. After negotiating a price $10,000 under list and a reasonable trade on my 1987 Supra, I drove home in the new red 1994 Supra. Throughout the process, the dealer stuck with their policy on this Supra. There was no test drive. My first drive in the new Supra was my excited drive home after signing the papers. And to eliminate any temptation for a sequel to the stolen Corvette, Jamin did not accompany me during this purchase process.
1994 Supra Twin-Turbo
This new twin-turbo Supra was indeed distinctive with its aggressive-looking sculpted body and tall rear wing. Fast even by today’s standards, it drove and handled like a respected sports car. The interior featured an expansive wrap-around dashboard, full instrumentation, and leather seats. Like my 1987 Supra, it offered an open-air convertible-like experience with the removable Targa roof stored conveniently in the trunk. To me, it was the perfect new car choice and very fun to drive.
While not offering quite the same slingshot sensation as my modified Triumph from years past, the new Supra was about as quick. The downside was that this new Supra lacked the practicality of my previous 1987 and 1982 Supras. Rear seat legroom was virtually non-existent, and the cargo capacity shrunk. Then winter came and I was in trouble.
Supra in the Snow
That new red Supra would not move through snow. And this experience was worse than with past cars. Blame it on ultra-high-performance tires, but be prepared to be stuck in two-inch snow. Frustrated and embarrassed, I worked late waiting for traffic to disperse so I could adjust my speed and not have to stop at any lights on the way home. I considered snow tires but concluded it would be smarter to purchase an additional “bad-weather” car. I still owned my pristine 1969 Hurst/Olds so that meant purchasing a third car.
Next Sunday, meet my “bad-weather” car choice to supplement the 1994 Supra and 1969 Hurst/Olds. Thanks, and always drive with allure!