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Kirk200
26-03-12, 18:28
Just a post to say hello and show a few pictures of my car... 1997 "Limited Edition" Turbo - 6-speed/RSP...
- Kirk

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Hi Ash!! :)

Westy
26-03-12, 18:44
Lovely car Kirk! Welcome to the club!:)

Caesard
26-03-12, 18:46
TRD steering, nice :thumbup:

Kirk200
26-03-12, 18:50
TRD steering, nice :thumbup:

Yes, I imported the TRD steering wheel many years ago... it was the ~2nd blue one in the US for a while... I more recently installed the TRD shift light (let me know if you guys need the special DIP switch settings to make it work with our 6-cylinder engines) and the TRD gauge set (turbo boost and oil pressure).

She is a bit of a garage queen... only 11,000 original miles, bought her new in 1997 (special order from Japan, since at that time no local US dealers carried any real inventory). In the US, they made ~22 of the Supras in Royal Sapphire Pearl (RSP).

Regards,
- Kirk

JakeG
26-03-12, 18:51
Lovely motor, welcome to the club

Westy
26-03-12, 18:58
11,000 miles! :faint:

Nick85
26-03-12, 19:00
Welcome to the club. Like the car

Geo
26-03-12, 19:13
Welcome to the Club bud. :D

Lovely car. :D

I'd love a drive way like that its HUGE!!!

welshbuddy
26-03-12, 19:16
mate, its awesome to have you here!!!, lovely car and nice estate :), love the american neighbour hoods like that !

fastcar
26-03-12, 23:00
Nice looking supra with very low miles on the clock.
I take it - it must be standard?

tony tt
26-03-12, 23:10
Welcome to the club mate. 11,000miles? Get that poor car driven :d Very rare to have such low miles dude. I've 133,000 on mine haha.

Gazz
26-03-12, 23:39
welcome very nice colour supra :)

tkddav3
26-03-12, 23:40
very nice mate!

Kirk200
27-03-12, 03:11
Hi Tony -
I do try to drive her... in fact I am going to VIR (Virginia International Raceway) this Friday... but she's not my daily driver (obviously). I am fortunate enough to have a 2011 Audi A4 Avant (with the factory Titanium Sport/RS package) as my fleet car for work :) That car is only 1 yr old, and already has over 26,000 miles... A picture of my Audi is attached (sorry if I offend any Supra owners here on this non-Supra picture/post... trust me, my Supra remains my most loved car :))
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- Kirk

Kirk200
27-03-12, 03:16
Nice looking supra with very low miles on the clock.
I take it - it must be standard?

Yes fastcar, it's a stock 6-speed Getrag standard transmission... twin turbo (stock) setup as well (plus some bolt ons like the TRD (original) exhaust and TRD sway bars, TRD strut tower brace, TRD stainless steel brake lines etc... pretty much most of the easy upgrades through TRD (back in the 1990s when it was easier to purchase those upgrades - much harder now)). I added the Euro hood scoop through parts ordered from the Toyota microfiche parts system at the time... that's the only permanent modification I made as I needed to cut through the bonnet... had it professionally painted (RSP of course) - it's functional, and I like the looks...
- Kirk

EMPEROR
27-03-12, 06:08
Absolutely amazing car mate! Welcome aboard :D

Hammer
27-03-12, 06:40
Hi Kirk, welcome, lovely Supra. Sorry if this is a stupid question but how come it is a facelift but only 3 dial dash?

EMPEROR
27-03-12, 09:23
US Supras doesn't have the 5 dials dash mate :)

Supra N/A
27-03-12, 09:57
stunning mate!

new front lip will make it a treat ;)

Wez
27-03-12, 10:49
Howdy and welcome :thumbs:

What does the "Limited Edition" mean, how is it different or limited?

Kirk200
27-03-12, 14:34
stunning mate!

new front lip will make it a treat ;)

Yes Supra N/A... payment should be hitting your bank later today... I will let you know!
All it's missing to complement that European Hood Scoop is a European Front Active Spoiler :)
Regards,
- Kirk

Kirk200
27-03-12, 14:46
Howdy and welcome :thumbs:

What does the "Limited Edition" mean, how is it different or limited?

Hi Wez -
In 1997, Toyota declared that model year the "15th Anniversary Limited Edition" model (15 years after the MKII Supra in 1982 I guess)... all Supras that year came with these badges on the quarter panel, and another similar badge on the center console:

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The script "Limited Edition" is a die-cut decal - the other is a soft/gel emblem...

Regards,
- Kirk

Kirk200
27-03-12, 21:15
US Supras doesn't have the 5 dials dash mate :)

That is correct... that is why I needed to add the TRD turbo boost & TRD oil pressure gauges to the A-pillar pods... I added a Toyota P/N for the aluminum rings around the main dashboard gauges, so they now match pretty closely to the newer TRD ones...
- Kirk

Guigsy
27-03-12, 21:32
A few years ago on holiday in Florida I saw a black supra in a hotel carpark with the limited edition emblems. Totally stock it was...

But it had obviously been parked in the sun every day since it rolled off the production line. The paint was faded and matt. Such a shame :(

EMPEROR
27-03-12, 22:04
Kirk, do you know if there are 98 RSP NA Hardtops in US? Or they were never produced?

Kirk200
28-03-12, 13:21
Kirk, do you know if there are 98 RSP NA Hardtops in US? Or they were never produced?

Hello Emperor -

I did some research many years ago and back then I made a spreadsheet from data supposedly from Toyota of America... showing US sales data. If someone can tell me how to post an XLS on this forum, I will do so - I've made some screen caps and posted below (as pictures) showing all of the MKIV production information *for the US market only*. If it isn't readable, here is the text pulled from just the 1997 and 1998 (RSP colored) models:

1997: RSP Twin Turbo 6-speed w/Sport Roof: 21 units (my car is one of these :))
1997: RSP Twin Turbo Auto w/Sport Roof: 34 units
1998: RSP Twin Turbo 6-speed w/Sport Roof: 10 units
1998: RSP Twin Turbo Auto w/Sport Roof: 16 units

As you see above... Toyota made *no* hardtop models in RSP for the US market... in fact, from what my data shows, they didn't import *twin turbo* hardtop models into the US after 1995 (so there are no facelift models in the US with a hardtop either)... Toyota just produced a very minimal amount of hardtops from 1993-1995 (for twin turbo versions at least). Another interesting point was no twin turbo/6-speed models were sold in 1996 within the US... I believe due to a temporary emissions rules change (fixed in 1997). 1996 was also when a loaded twin turbo model was sticker priced at >$50K - the peak price for Supras in the US. In 1997, my twin turbo model was sticker priced just below $40K...

Picture of the XLS (if you want this XLS, send me your email and I can forward, and you can post to this site if you want to)...

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I've added one more bit of sales data - this is supposed to be the official sales data (from Toyota). Also in my XLS...
The per-year numbers don't add up exactly to the chart above, but Toyota's chart doesn't do any color breakdown.
Somewhere in the middle of these is probably the truth, but they do correlate somewhat.

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Regards,
- Kirk

EMPEROR
28-03-12, 13:59
Thank you very much for the info, but it shows only Twin Turbo Supras (I know there are no Turbo Hardtops 97 and 98) and I am interested in NA. Saw on supraforums.com that few ppl mentioned 98 RSP NA Auto Hardtop and I remember seeing one for sale like 4-5 years ago, but can't remember if it was 98 or 97...

Kirk200
28-03-12, 16:35
Understood... yes, the color data that I had access to was for twin turbo models only. I never had access to any NA model color data. The only years in the US that Toyota imported the RSP color (as you know) was in 1997 and 1998... Sorry I could not help further.
Regards,
- Kirk

Hammer
28-03-12, 21:36
Thanks for clarifying the dial question guys. You getting an active spoiler for it Kirk? You'll be the envy mate, I know the're a much sort after item in the states.

suprasize
28-03-12, 21:58
Welcome dude :)

Kirk200
29-03-12, 12:43
Thanks for clarifying the dial question guys. You getting an active spoiler for it Kirk? You'll be the envy mate, I know the're a much sort after item in the states.

Hi Hammer -
Yes, I just purchased that mint one for sale by Supra N/A (here: http://www.mkivsupra.net/vbb/showthread.php?266342-Active-Front-Spoiler-(Full-Kit)-ecu-etc-GOOD-condition!). It looks like a super clean assembly - I am really looking forward to installing it and trying it out. I haven't ever seen an active spoiler in person here in the US, but I think at least a couple of people have them - but I agree, extremely rare over here. I really appreciate the work Supra N/A has done to support me.
Regards,
- Kirk

slugger1
29-03-12, 13:55
Yes, I imported the TRD steering wheel many years ago... it was the ~2nd blue one in the US for a while... I more recently installed the TRD shift light (let me know if you guys need the special DIP switch settings to make it work with our 6-cylinder engines) and the TRD gauge set (turbo boost and oil pressure).

She is a bit of a garage queen... only 11,000 original miles, bought her new in 1997 (special order from Japan, since at that time no local US dealers carried any real inventory). In the US, they made ~22 of the Supras in Royal Sapphire Pearl (RSP).

Regards,
- Kirk

The best colour (or color if you spell U.S style!) :)