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Yes, the VIN is removed for security purposes. Some other interesting things I've noted would be that the sticker says I have the "Leather/Power Seat" option. While I do have leather, the only power I have in my seat is the standard power side bolsters and lumbar support. Thus, this is a seemingly unique option which has made more than a few group members a little envious since I've managed to avoid a weight penalty for an option that, once set, never gets touched anyway. Other than that, everything else seems pretty normal for a Turbo Supra.
Toyota Manufacturing Data (from VIN, Data Tag, research, etc.)
Gathered Manfacturing Data (so far):
Model Code: MA70L-BLMVZA - Supra, 7M-GTE, left hand drive
Serial Number: #167
Main Assy Plant: Tahara
Supra R&D Location: Higashi-Fuji Technical Center
Performance Testing: Shibetsu Proving Ground
The For-Sale Advertisement I Bought the Car From
Yes, this is the original clipping from the weekly NJ Want Ad Automotive Press that was the start of my dream of MkIII Turbo ownership. I had been searching for over a year (while I had the '84) for the perfect car with which to build upon and keep for a long, long time.
I knew I wanted an 89, 5-sp, turbo motor, ABS, no targa (due to leaking and structural rigidity considerations) and lastly, I wanted it red. Since the '84 was red, I knew that the color stood up well to dirt and scratches. Plus, it's universally the color for a true sports car. I didn't want the leather interior really (maintenance), but the fact that it had the rest of it's 60k extended bumper-to-bumper transferrable warranty on it really sold me and I was done looking. I grabbed my check book, drove up to northern NJ and after very little haggling (since it was in mint condition) we struck a deal for a little less than the listed price.
It would be only a little over a year from this point that I would join SOGI and become one of its founding members...
The Kelley's Blue Book Page I Referenced Before Buying
Yes, amazingly enough, I even kept this photocopy of the Kelley Blue Book New/Used Car Buying Guide, that practically everyone used then to price a car. Because it's a photocopy is why the image is a little on the fuzzy side. Nowadays, the internet lets you access both Kelley's and Edmunds online, but back then the Internet was far less powerful and widespread. Colleges were just getting online and many businesses didn't even have external email yet. How far we've come... :-)
On the blown up version of this scan, I digitally circled my reference...
Ring Gear Diameter: 8"
(A link to this graphic also exists on the mods page)