Debunking The Half A Million Dollar Supra
Supra enthusiasts around the world have most likely seen this particular half a million dollar Toyota Supra circulating on social media.
1/55 Quicksilver Supra’s up for sale for a jaw dropping $499,999 USD, converting to $729,053 AUD! This half a million dollar Supra is a 1998 twin turbo model with only 37,257 miles, and a 6-speed V160 gearbox!
If you haven’t seen the listing yet, click here.
Although we love Toyota Supras and support everyone in the community whether they’re trying to make a profit on reselling a car, or even building a car from scratch, we do not support you making a fool out of us. This Toyota Supra has surfaced and drawn a lot of attention for its asking price however it is far from what meets the eye.
Surely a record asking price at $499,999 USD, we couldn’t help but do a little justified evaluation – I mean, we are the home of some of the worlds rarest Supras.
Please watch the video below before continuing.
Unfortunately we cannot inspect the car and tell you its true condition, however we have very closely examined the photos and have evidence that this particular Supra is not in it’s original condition and has been tampered with.
The first thing we noticed was it is listed as 1/24 – the true production number is 55, 24 limited to the USA – but clearly this is the gimmicks of the dealership advertising it.
Next up, the front indicating markers are installed incorrectly. This indicator is actually meant to be on the opposite side of the car and appears to only have 1 nut holding it, as it is sloping downwards.
This suggests that the front bar has been removed and reinstalled – which brings the question to why?
The front lip of the car has been painted or colour matched to the rest of the car where the front lip comes factory black with a rubber finish. Considering the colour matches the front bar perfectly, it is safe to assume the front end of this car has been painted – again, why?
Next contestant are the side skirt trims – factory black – which are once again colour matched, strongly indicating the entire car has actually been painted. These trims are fairly inexpensive ranging from $120 to $250 AUD which is a small price to pay to keep things at OEM standards, especially if you’re going to ask for half a million dollars.
Again with the colour match re-offending on the rear spats.
We noticed there appears to be silver overspray inside the rear skirt duct,which is meant to be all black rubber. The overspray itself indicates lack of care and preparation.
And this uneven wind deflector indicates excessive wear or a shabby installation.
Call us picky, but for half million dollars, we have a few questions to ask.
We are sure there is much more to point out about this controversy of a sales listing, however it is just not possible to gain that kind of information just yet.
We have come to the conclusion that this a possible publicity stunt or we are taken for as fools.
We strongly advise the public to not to be misguided by this particular ad. For anyone who is serious about buying this Supra, we strongly recommend asking for an explanation for the removal, repair, re-installation and painting of parts.
For such a smack-in-the-face of a price, we would expect outstanding condition which saw it as close to its immaculate, factory standards.
If this car really was worth what it is asking, why wasn’t it at least taken to a specialist – and we say this because a specialist wouldn’t have let such small imperfections go unnoticed, or advised against colour matching parts OR suggested buying brand, new OEM parts for a very small price.
Are you really asking half a million dollars for a car that has it’s indicators on backwards?
We would accept a half a million dollar asking if it had less than 10km, was in pristine, factory condition and kept in an air-tight, underground bunker. But this? Confusing.
If there are people asking half a million for 1/55 particular models, what price does it put on our 1/1 aerotop in Solar yellow?