I've said that before and I'll say it again: getting the first production model of a car that went off the assembly line is euphoria for car collectors, more so, if the car you're buying has a rich and legendary epic like the Toyota Supra 2020.
As announced last month, the first production model of the A90 Supra was sold at the Barrett-Jackson charity auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. To remind you, the first production of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was also sold at the Barrett-Jackson car auction for $ 1.1 million. Its winning bidder was Craig Jackson, President and CEO of that auction house, with all the resources earmarked for charity.
For Toyota's sports car on lot # 3010, the hammer dropped to $ 2.1 million. Like the first Shelby GT500, all proceeds from the sale of the first Supra would go to charities, namely: the American Heart Association and Bob Woodruff Foundation – the last support post 9/11 impacted service members, veterans and their families.
The winning bidder owns the rights to the first Toyota Supra, which is also the first version of the iconic sports coupe in the US and has the VIN 20201 – "2020" means the year the GR Supra was reintroduced, while "1" marks its place as the first model off the production line.
It also comes with a one-of-a-kind color combination, matching matte gray exterior, red mirror covers and matte black wheels. Inside, it will have a red and black theme, plus carbon fiber inserts to go with its attractive exterior design.
In addition to the exclusive color theme, Supra's first production comes with an engine cover signed by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. The winner also gets a full VIP racing experience, which includes a fully customized professional race suit, two VIP passes and hot passes for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 – Richmond Raceway, and a chance to drive the pace car with Michael Waltrip.
Of course, the Japanese icon's return has its healthy portion of ravers and sim-sayers, but the world has yet to experience the production-spec Supra's outstanding driving performance claimed. If this works and the world begins to applaud Supra's return, having the first production model of the most hated generation of the legendary sports coupe would not be so bad.