Thursday, September 19, 2013

5k: Best Ebay Listing Ever: 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo MkIII

Here on the pages of Daily Turismo we waste much of our time (and yours too!) ranting about many ebay listings that are an offense against taste and decency, totally lacking in theology and geometry, and ultimately damaging to one's soul....but sometimes a listing appears that makes us think perhaps we are not teetering on the edge of an abyss.  All is well with this 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo MkIII Slushbox for sale in Yorba Linda, CA currently bidding for $5,877 with no reserve and 4 days to go.  Tip from Rod S!

Tipper Rod S writes: "This could be the greatest ad I have ever seen."  No argument here - this isn't just an example of a well equipped cameraman who is able to make a dog turd look like tandoori chicken on top of saffron rice.  The man (woman?) behind the camera does have a enough insight to use a low-sun setting (dusk or dawn) to get great high-contrast photos with good composition that are pleasing to the eye AND descriptive for sale purposes.

The ad text is surprisingly informative and strangely accurate.  The Toyota 7M-GTE inline-6 is rated at 230 horsepower and has recently had its headgasket replaced by a certified Toyota mechanic along with the water pump, timing belt & hoses. This is the sort of detail that the average craigslist crackhead can't figure out how to carefully enumerate after he gETS HIS CAPSLOCK KEY STUCK ON.

The interior is also in tip top shape, we especially like the open door photo provided by the seller with the caption "We'll inspect the interior next, shall we?"  Brilliant!!  The photo collage feels like an in person inspection, starting with a thorough walk around, a glance inside and even a photo the car cruising down the road - but not your typical stance-bro "rollin with my flat brim down" glamor shot, simply a photo showing the gauges all working.

The icing on the cake of this ebay listing has to be the fact that the seller is listing this as a no reserve - no secret buy-it-now price auction.  He has had several people ask him for a buy-it-now price and he publicly replies that this car will sell via auction for whatever price the market will bear.  Love it!  See a better ebay listing? email us here:


  1. Too bad about the lack of manual but this car looks great for the price

  2. A surefire way to add value to your car is to take photos of it at dawn in an expensive neighborhood. Well done ad and a super tidy car, though I don't see the interest in driving one of these with an auto

  3. ~ i'm very partial to this model and this body style. my 1st was an early Mark III (A70) titled as '86. though normally aspirated the 5spd manual made it a blast to drive. the 2nd was a crapped-out '88, abandoned by a favorite local bar maid. once it ran okay i hurried to execute a cosmetic freshening, trading against a Subaru XT coupe and cash. i'll always want another. will a LSx fit conveniently?

    1. ~ thorough, honest, enthusiastic ad written by a respectful steward of the top-level example, with wears-like-iron, feels-like-satin cloth interior, plus wonderful pictures and full documentation. i would buy a very expensive bridge from this eBay seller! great tip, Rod S!

  4. Wow. Just wow. Makes me want to bid on this listing. And I don't even want the car.

  5. Got to agree with Larry. Love the ad... Never a big fan of Toyota cars, love the trucks, but this ad draws me to the bid


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