Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Toyota doesn't occupy much, if any, real estate in my automotive imagination, but this early '90s Supra parked just around the corner... evidence of a time when the company knew how to make a sports car. I doubt if this one leaves the garage before April.

This post at The Truth About Cars very earnestly tries to analyze how Toyota bred the sports car right out of their line over the last twenty years, the result being a whole lot of beige sedans. Basically, the company has let the sports car DNA migrate upwards into the Lexus LFA and down into the Scion FR-S, which is an admission that only rich people or young people want truly sporty cars, while the vast middle of the market will settle for the practical and drab. They're probably right.

What caught my eye about the Supra was the long, low bonnet curving downward toward the road. This one has the punishing hatred of front grilles that embody car design in the '80s and '90s, but for some reason this makes the car look sleek, not stupid (see: Pontiac Sunfire.) It's also one of the last flowerings of the classic sports car design I so love in cars as different as the Fiat Dino or the Datsun 240Z, and which has been replaced by this:

Which is a perfectly decent car, even if - like so many sports cars these days - it puts me in mind of a fat raccoon digging up your carrots.

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