The very first Toyota Supra to hit American soil in 20 years just sold for an astounding $2.1 million at auction.
Normally we’d say it’s fine to feel upset about a $50,000 car going for $2.1 at auction. After all, there’s nothing truly special about the new 2020 Toyota Supra other than the fact that it’s a name that we haven’t seen in a long time. It’ll perform just fine in its segment, Toyota might make a few racing versions to prove that they’re not just about making reliable family cars, and that’ll be that.
However, that $2.1 million is going to two very worthy charities: the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The American Heart Association helps educate the public about the dangers of heart disease (still the leading cause of death, according to the CDC), while the Bob Woodruff Foundation supports returning veterans as they transition back to civilian life.
The Supra sold for that eye-boggling number did at least have a few customizations that won’t be found on other Supras when they finally hit dealers (for a little while, at least). The exterior matte grey paint job is paired with red side mirror caps, matte black 10-spoke alloy wheels, black accented aero elements, and red interior.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda himself even signed the engine bay and included the racing gloves, helmet, suit, and shoes that were used in the final test run before he gave the red stamp of approval for production.
Now THIS is one super Supra! It was an incredible Barrett-Jackson moment when a winning bid of $2.1 MILLION brought the gavel down on the rights to the very first 2020 @Toyota Supra, VIN 20201, to benefit the @American_Heart Association and @Stand4Heroes. pic.twitter.com/cgUbpMdUqv— Barrett-Jackson (@Barrett_Jackson) January 20, 2019
The VN is 20201, with 2020 representing the year of production.
Under the hood is a BMW-sourced 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder with 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 4.1 seconds with a limited top speed of 155 mph.
Toyota wasn’t the only one to have a big sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend. Ford sold the very first Shelby Mustang GT500 (VN 001) for $1.1 million, while a 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition sold for $2.5 million. Proceeds went towards helping the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and United Way in their respective sales.