The next time you find yourself leafing through your copy of Wikipedia, take a close look at some of the antique car pages. The early days of the automobile were undoubtedly exciting, but change was actually very slow for individual makes and models. The car synonymous with brass era automobiles, the Ford Model T, ran its course for 19 years with hardly any cosmetic changes. Beyond some tweaks to the hood, cowl, and fenders, a ‘27 Model T can be easily confused with a model 10 years older. Think of it as the Porsche 911 design philosophy.
After years of speculation, rumors and the wildest dreams of car fans everywhere, the Toyota Supra has more rumors swirling that it’s coming back.
We are living in a prime time for sports cars, as the stodgy, economically oppressed early 2000s begin to give way to the exciting 2015s. Almost halfway through this decade, we’ve seen more sports cars either resurrected or introduced than we’ve had for the last 15 years.
The new Supra, though, will be nothing like its original namesake.
On the surface it looks like a choice between two equals, like choosing between Coke in a can or Coke in a bottle. Sure, the packaging’s a little different, but the product is the same. Right?
The Supra has been elevated to cult-like status, fueled by rumors of the comeback of a modern version. The Celica Supra, though, was a different beast than the Supra it became.
One was a fun and powerful sports car, the other was an understated luxurious small car. Either would be a great used find, but I have one I’d much prefer to own.
You might want to begin thanking everyone who bought a new Scion FR-S.
Because of the success of Toyota’s new little sports car, the company is considering bringing back the vaunted MR2 and Supra names. Yes, these rumors have been floated before, but now that Toyota has confirmed the public’s thirst for its performance offerings, there will probably be more on the way.
This possibility was mentioned in yesterday’s Car of the Year post, but since then a little more info has surfaced. Not all of it good.