We have been mourning the death of the Supra ever since Toyota discontinued the line in 2002. And though a new generation is (finally) in the works, it’s hard to imagine that the original run can be replaced. People collect, modify, and race Supras to this day, and one such enthusiast found a storied example of one in the Japanese mountains.
According to his website, Alexi moved from Australia to Japan in 2008 to make drift videos. He recently posted a video that is different from most of his uploads. Instead of driving sideways, Alexi is seen hiking through “an undisclosed location deep in the mountains of Japan” to “investigate the legend of the unrecoverable Supra.”
The car in question appears to be a right-hand-drive A70 Supra. The third generation Supra was in production from 1986-1993. Due to the condition, it’s not easy to pinpoint the exact year of the derelict, but looking at what’s left of the wheels, taillights, and even the seatbelt holders on the front seats, we’d peg this as an ’89 or ’90 model.
The car is at the bottom of the hill, practically buried in leaves and other forest debris, and we’re certain some animals have made their homes inside. Though the steering wheel and driver’s seat are missing, it does have a roll cage, indicating that this car was raced in some fashion. Alexi surmises that this is what led to its leafy grave. We’re inclined to agree.
There is some body damage, which further solidifies this car’s possible speedy history. We have to wonder if there are any unseen modifications — the partially buried front end may conceal something special under the hood.
Passionate motor heads would salvage vehicles in far worse condition than this, and though it is not clear where exactly this poor hulk of a Supra is lying, perhaps this video will motivate some local treasure hunters. We’d like to see the entire vehicle pulled and at least worked into running condition. But we also know how often abandoned vehicles are picked clean, trim piece by trim piece, until there’s little more than a chassis remaining.
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