A baseball hall of famer is selling his Toyota Supra
The 2020 Toyota Supra has been a very controversial car, to say the least. And so is the watchability of the sport of baseball, if you're a Brit like I am. There's no denying though that the top level of baseball players are elite sportsmen with big pay cheques and thus the means of getting some very, very cool stuff. Hall of Fame MLB pitcher Mario Rivera is definitely one of those people and his one of a kind Supra is definitely a very cool piece of Toyota history.
Rivera's Supra is number 42 of the 1500 Launch Edition examples made. As standard these Launch Edition cars are pretty awesome pieces of machinery, coming highly specced with items such as unique black 19 inch wheels, launch control, an active rear differential, an active exhaust and big Brembo brakes. This one, however, has some very cool extra touches that are fitting to Rivera's past in MLB.
It's finished in Absolute Zero white and the number 42 is printed on the doors in the signature red of the New York Yankees, Rivera's team of choice. The brake calipers and wing mirrors are also painted in Yankee red.
As it's a Launch Edition car, it also has the signature touches on the inside. There's a carbon fibre plaque on the dashboard displaying the car's production number as well as the signature of Akido Toyoda, the company's president. To round off the Yankees theme too, the seats are upholstered in red leather.
Unfortunately, Rivera didn't ask for any powertrain upgrades (there's no manual conversion and no beefing up done to the 3.0 turbocharged straight 6 BMW unit). However, that BMW engine is extremely tuneable and there is that company out in Texas that does manual conversions for new Supras...
This one of a kind Supra is going to be going under the hammer at Scottsdale auctions in Arizona, which runs from 11th-19th January. There's no reserve price on this car but considering its one of a kind nature, a former celebrity owner, its incredibly low mileage (only 16 miles!) and the insane US dealer markups on Supras, I would expect that it'll go for a very hefty price.
If you can't afford this incredibly unique example of a sought after sports car, or indeed you can't afford an actual Supra at all, you'll probably love this Tamiya model of the classic Castrol Supra GT race car. It's definitely a lot cheaper than however much this Supra will go for, let alone how much you'd have to shell out to get the original racer!