I would kind of disagree unless maybe you just want to just sell and get out. One of the things I've always liked in these cars was that they are relatively affordable and you can do what you want with it. Now are we going to be like the Corvette, Ferrari, and Porsche guys and not drive them for fear of devaluing it?I know it's crazy. But it has to be good for the mkii market.
I'm kind of in that trap, but not fear of devaluing so much as losing it altogether. My 69 Corvette, fine. I can file insurance claim, pull up an online catalog, order absolutely any part I need, it'll be shipped overnight or worst case, I can buy another because they made like 30,000 to 50,000 a year for fourteen years, about a quarter of them were treated as merely weekend toys from new so a lot of them survived and a lot of them have already been restored. Not so with a mk2 Supra. Examples like the one on BAT show up for sale maybe one every two years? Replacement parts are practically non-existent. Don't know how many mk2s were made, but they sold fewer in the U.S over just four and a half years. Nobody ever thought a Japanese car would ever be collectable and obviously some people still have a hard time believing it. Almost none were treated as weekend toys from new, most being driven in the snow, left parked outside while the wife's newer Camry stayed in the garage, meaning a much smaller percentage survived and an even smaller fraction of a fraction of a percent survived in mint condition.Now are we going to be like the Corvette, Ferrari, and Porsche guys and not drive them for fear of devaluing it?
That's interesting. You made me think any my '84 was also the first I purchased all my own. Though the vehicle i've driven in the longest was an '82 toyota pickup; for about 11 years, ever since I was 16. Because it was so dependable and ran and ran and ran, I became a huge toyota fan.I like mine very much - the MK2 was the first car i bought completely on my own, and they will always be special to me,
I remember being a poor student, pulling all-nighters, not to study, but to fix my Mercury Capri RS so I could drive to school the next day (it wasn't a very old car then but it was out of warranty and not very reliable). I vowed that wouldn't be me after college. But like most people, I remained relatively poor for a few years after college and just simply didn't have the space to keep both my new pickup truck and my beloved old car. I tried. I really tried, paying an additional $25 a month over a couple of years for an extra covered parking space at my apartment. But when it needed a transmission overhaul, I couldn't afford to pay a professional to do it (would have cost more than the car was worth anyway) and the apartment wouldn't allow DIY car repairs, so I had to break down and sell it.Also I can't tell you how many times I've heard my dad and many many old timers I grew up with that told me about the cars they had and no longer. I vowed that wouldn't be me.
You just missed out last week on BAT...If anyone knows of a Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R or Conquest TSI for sale in absolutely "mint" condition, unmodified with similar sub<50K miles, let me know where. The little accountant on my right shoulder would be gagged and bound with twine to keep him quiet.
No, I understand the practicality of how life does that to you. Still a sad story. Good point, I was privy to some property to store my cars as I went through college so I was lucky there.I couldn't afford to pay a professional to do it (would have cost more than the car was worth anyway) and the apartment wouldn't allow DIY car repairs, so I had to break down and sell it.
If you are lucky, maybe your family has some rural property and they'll let you store it