Toyota trumps Porsche at auction

The second stage of RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer Collection sale threw up some startling results at the Amelia Island event in America in March. We first reported on the epic collection of ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s prime modern classics being offered from one collection a couple of issues back. The first sale, at Rétromobile, threw up some big numbers for rare Alpinas and AMGs, but most were in line with predictions. Not at Amelia Island, though – a Mazda RX-7 FD went for £38k, while a 2800-mile Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo sold for £40,500. Then up stepped a black Toyota Supra MkIV. With just 11,200 miles and a manual gearbox, it smashed its pre-sale estimate and sold for £132,417.


Does that mean that there’ll be a goldrush for Supras? Hold your (twin-turbo-charged) horses. Firstly, remember that this car was as mint as a Wrigley’s factory, had a rare manual gearbox and, even more importantly, combined all this with left-hand drive. Less than a third of total production were lefties.

Toyota trumps Porsche at auction

Toyota trumps Porsche at auction

That said, there were only 673 UK-market Supras ever built and finding an unblemished manual car is a hard task and will trouble you for £30-40k already. With so few of those cars left, we expect that to change, and change quickly. Elsewhere in the sale a BMW 850 CSi E31 romped to an eye-popping £140,773, and a one of 50 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC C126 AMG Wide Body 6.0-litre (C/W126)models sold for £136,510. See

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