The First Supra Finds Its Home

The First Supra Finds Its Home
by Dan Nied
July/August 2019
The First Supra Finds Its Home
Life is good for John Staluppi.

If you were taking home the first-ever 2020 Supra, life would be good for you too.

In January, Staluppi, owner of the Atlantic Automotive Group, bid $2.1 million at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for the right to take home the first production 2020 Supra — VIN ending in 20201.

In June, he finally got his prize in a ceremony at Toyota’s North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. Group Vice President of Marketing Ed Laukes and Executive Vice President — Sales Bob Carter presided over the event as a few hundred team members gathered to see the handoff to a beaming Staluppi.

The No. 1 matte gray Supra will tour Staluppi’s dealerships before finding a long-term home in his impressive Cars of Dreams Museum. The price tag alone makes it clear that he’s passionate about the Supra and the charities that benefitted from the auction.

Proceeds from the sale of the first Supra went to the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Staluppi is no stranger to buying cars at auction, but this one meant a little more than the others.

“This was important for me to have,” he said. “It was an incredible feeling when it happened. The only thing is afterward, I went ‘oh boy, $2.1 million!’ Everyone was coming over to me, saying ‘$2.1 million for a Supra?’ I said ‘this is a special Supra. This is serial No. 1.’”
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