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A 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo just bested a 2014 Ferrari and a 2017 Viper at auction

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The 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo crosses the auction block. All photos courtesy Barrett-Jackson.

It’s no secret that prices for Japanese performance cars of the 1990s have been on a steady climb in recent years, with the 1993-’98 Toyota Supra Turbo being among the most desirable examples. In March 2019, a 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo – with just 11,200 miles – sold in Florida for a fee-inclusive $173,600, setting an auction record for the model. Last weekend, a 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo with nearly 70,000 miles on the odometer bested this mark, selling for a fee-inclusive $176,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale, beating a 2014 Ferrari California convertible (sold for an auction record $170,500) and a 2017 Dodge Viper GTC ACR (sold for $172,700) in the process.

1997 Toyota Supra Turbo

Known as the A80 among devotees, the fourth-generation Toyota Supra arrived in the United States with two engine choices: The normally aspirated 2JZ-GE, which produced 220 horsepower and 210-lb.ft. of torque, and the twin-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE, which made 321 horsepower and 315-lb.ft. of torque in stock form. The dual, sequential turbos could help propel the Supra Turbo from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and through the quarter mile in 13.1 seconds, at 109 mph. The forced induction engine developed a reputation for bulletproof reliability, and tuners were soon producing streetable Supra Turbos with over 1,000 horsepower.

1997 Toyota Supra Turbo

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Finding an unmodified example today can be a challenge, and the appeal of the Toyota that sold at Amelia Island in March was its originality and incredibly low mileage for a 25-year-old car. While the mileage of the 15th Anniversary Edition Supra Turbo sold in Connecticut last weekend (69,891) was low for a driver-quality car, it was high enough to give most collectors a pause. Likewise, the aftermarket exhaust and lowering springs fitted to this example certainly did not enhance its value, though clearly the modifications and mileage did not have an impact on the selling price.

G54, a 1954 Buick powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V-8, sold for a fee-inclusive $220,000.

Other lots in the top-10 at the Connecticut auction included the last-built 2019 Chevrolet Corvette, a Z06 model, a charity sale which generated $2.7 million for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation; a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren roadster, which sold for $280,500; a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Yenko/SC Stage II convertible, serial number 1, which sold for $258,500; “G54,” a 1954 Buick Special restomod, which sold for $220,000; a 1969 Ford Bronco restomod, which sold for $203,500; a 1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor” tribute restomod, which sold for $187,000; a 2016 Jeep Wrangle Unlimited custom 6×6, which sold for $181,500; and the aforementioned 2017 Dodge Viper GTC ACR and 2014 Ferrari California convertible, which sold for $172,700 and $170,500, respectively.

Powered by a 383 V-8, this customized 1972 Dodge Dart sold for $9,350.

More affordable lots of interest included a 1977 Mercury Cougar, which sold for $4,400; a 1947 Packard Clipper, which sold for $6,600; a 1990 Ford Mustang GT convertible, which sold for $7,370; a 1964 Studebaker Champ pickup, which sold for $8,250; a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220S sedan, which sold for $8,250; a 1972 Dodge Dart custom, which sold for $9,350; a 1968 Ford Thunderbird, which sold for $8,250; a 1980 MGB, which sold for $6,820; a 1962 Mercury Monterey, which sold for $8,800; and a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe sedan, which sold for $5,170.

For complete results from the Northeast sale, visit