Toyota Dealer Takes Delivery Of the First GR Supra, Paid $2.1 Million For It

Back in January 2019, someone paid $2.1 million for the first-ever Toyota GR Supra. Fast-forward to June 2019, and the charity auction winner has finally collected his beloved sports car with German underpinnings.
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John Staluppi is the lucky man, president and chief executive officer of the Auto Atlantic Group. In other words, the guy who owns a handful of Toyota dealerships will be driving a two-seater sports car that retails at $55,250 for the Launch Edition.

Let those numbers work their magic, then consider that $2.1 million is 38 times the price of the Launch Edition excluding destination. Insane world we’re living in, don’t you agree? Only 1,500 examples of the breed will be presented in Launch Edition flavor, and as it happens, the GR Supra plays second fiddle to the BMW Z4 M40i even though the engine is shared.

A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six hides under the hood, tuned to produce 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. That’s 4.1 seconds to 60 miles per hour, and all that suck-squeeze-bang-blow goes to the rear wheels with the help of the 8HP automatic transmission from ZF.

“What could push a man to spend so much money on a car that’s not a Toyota and neither a Supra?” Pride would be the most obvious answer, but ulterior motives could include a few build slots for the GR Super Sport hybrid hypercar. What’s more important is that all proceeds from the sale went to the American Heart Association as well as the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The VIN might end in 20201 to denote the first series-production GR Supra, but this particular car also wears a special exterior paint. Combined with the red mirror caps, red interior appointments, and gloss-black wheels, what more could you want in terms of visual drama?

Oh, there’s more! Akio Toyoda, the president of the Toyota Motor Corporation, signed the engine cover and a photograph for Staluppi, who has also received a custom-tailored race suit and VIP track day experience. Not a bad way to spend $2.1 million after all, don’t you think?
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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