1980 Toyota Celica Supra MkI Curbside Classic Found and Returned!

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
1980 toyota celica supra mki curbside classic found and returned

The stolen multi-generational single-family 1980 Toyota Celica Supra we reported on in May has been returned to its rightful owners.

Lois writes:

Hey! The car was recovered! In Eugene OR. Plates gone, ignition messed up, but otherwise in good condition!

I am sure getting it back was a group effort! Please let your readers know. It’s garaged now waiting to go to shop to fix ignition tamper.

This is my son right after meeting with police at the spot it was left. No news on who, all prints were wiped down.

Cool note: officer told my son he remembered the model because his brother had one like it.

We’re glad you have your car back, Lois!

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  • Shawnski Shawnski on Jun 09, 2015

    Glad to see it this car made it back home. I always appreciated the clean lines of the Celica/Supra, the first of which could be stated for any Jap car up to that point. While "surface excitment" crept back in on the Gen II, that series of Supra's ('82-'86) are by far my favorite Toyota ever. The wedgy masculine look and really fine interior are simply outstanding. IMO a better 2+2 (albeit slower) than its contemporaries such as the 944, Z28 and Mustang GT/SVO.

  • Doctor J Doctor J on Apr 26, 2017

    New comment for an old post. Had 1979 Supra 5 speed back until 2005. it has been stolen back in 2001. Someone confused it with Celica and took it to pull the engine out. Once they recognize that car had "extra 2 cylinders", they dump it at the mall parking lot without any damage to it. Next time someone attempted to steal it 3 years late, but I incorporated fuel pump kill switch in the trunk.. The thief then stole 89 Toyota pickup from adjacent lot.

  • RHD The only people who would buy this would be those convinced by a website that they are great, and order one sight-unseen. They would have to have be completely out of touch with every form of media for the last year. There might actually be a few of these people, but not very many. They would also have to be completely ignorant of the Hyundai Excel. (Vinfast seems to make the original Excel look like a Camry in comparison.)
  • RHD This was awesome, in 1978. Now, it's very much obsolete - thirsty, slow, ponderous, noisy, rough, and dated design even in its time. Still, someone who wants to recreate some distant memories will buy it and restore it and enjoy it, and the seller just has to find that particular individual.
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