There are few Japanese sports cars which have captivated the attentions of people quite like as the Toyota Supra. In particular, the fourth-generation Supra has become a cult classic, and that has helped its value skyrocket in a way no Japanese car has before, save for maybe the Nissan R34 GT-R or the original Hakosuka Skyline.
Accompanying the Japanese release of the latest GR Supra, Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama announced they’d be putting parts from its predecessors back in production. Specific parts haven’t been declared yet, but those smitten with third- and fourth-generation Toyota Supras should hopefully find ownership of these classic Japanese muscle cars a little easier in years to come. We can only cross our fingers and pray they reintroduce the stout Getrag gearboxes, now scarce and in great demand, which are regularly fetching more than $10,000 used.
We can not answer about specific parts at this time,” Tomoyama stated, “but we will make every effort to meet the expectations of owners.” A fourth-generation Toyota Supra owner himself, Tomoyama brought his own 600-horsepower Supra to the Japanese launch of the GR Supra. “The new Supra is a great car, but I don’t intend to let go of this A80 Supra in my lifetime.”
A businessman with an aficionado’s love for the Supra, Tomoyama was able to explain the purpose behind this program with eloquence, passion, and conviction. “All horses that were once a means of transportation have been replaced by cars, but race horses remain. There are people all over the world who love horses,” Tomoyama waxed lyrical. “The human desire to move freely, fast, and beautifully according to one’s will is universal… We have to pass on this DNA to the next generation. The challenge of Toyota Gazoo Racing is to make cars thoroughly interesting in the next 100 years.”
This program, known as the GR Heritage Parts Project, places Toyota alongside Mazda and Nissan, who’ve both announced similar programs for their best respected sports cars from the last three decades. No doubt influenced by the growing market of JDM cars now legally importable into the United States, hopefully the GR Parts Project helps make one of Japan’s greatest sports car names more accessible.