News: One Of 62 Toyota 2000GTs Heads To Auction

One Of 62 Toyota 2000GTs Heads To Auction

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February 27, 2020
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When you think of classic Japanese sports cars, only one really comes to mind: the Toyota 2000GT. And as rare as they are, one is going to auction in May.

A 1967 Toyota 2000GT will be on the block in RM Sotheby’s Elkhart Collection, running 1-2 May. Not only is the 2000GT the most significant Japanese sports car ever produced, but this one, chassis number MF10-10100, is just one of 62 models destined for the U.S. with left-hand drive. It was kept for more than 30 years by its original owner, race car driver Otto Linton, before undergoing a full restoration by noted specialists Maine Line Exotics in its original Solar Red. It seems to remain in like-new condition.

Toyota introduced the 2000GT at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, which was built, and designed (mostly), between 1967 and 1970 by Yamaha. In fact, Yamaha had originally approached Nissan with the idea only for the company to decline. Toyota took up the offer but used its own designer, Satoru Nozaki, for the final look.

The only convertible version ever built was used for the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice – because the star, Sean Connery, was too tall to fit into the coupe.

There is no price listed for this particular 2000GT, but in 2013, another pristine ’67 U.S. model sold for $1.15 million. Who knows…?

*Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Daniel Mora
Daniel Mora

I’m guessing ~10 million.

taniya
taniya

Omg. It will get more than that.
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MarkP
MarkP

“and was built” not “which was built,” but never mind, the important thing is, I really doubt many people first think of the 2000GT when asked to name a classic Japanese sports car. Most people think of the 240Z, and for good reason: it was so much better known. With just a handful of Toyota’s car out there, compared to over 150,000 of the 240Z, most people aren’t even aware that the 2000GT exists, even. Sports car people do, but even they would – in my opinion – first think of the 240.

Son of stig
Son of stig

bid to 400000 and no sale