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Ultra-Rare 1970 Toyota 2000GT up for Sale in Japan

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Now here's a car you definitely won't see at your local used car lot. A fully restored example of Toyota's iconic 2000GT is currently up for sale in Japan by a Tokyo-based dealer. This classic GT is one out of some 351 production models cars built between 1967 and 1970.

The 2000GT is widely considered to be Japan's first proper supercar and the forefather of high-end sports cars from the Land of the Rising Sun such as the modern day Lexus LFA.

The Japanese rear-wheel drive sports car made its world debut at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, however, it took Toyota two more years to begin delivering the first examples to buyers.

There's a debate on who's responsible for the styling of the 2000GT as some insist that Toyota refined the original design by Yamaha and German-American designer Albrecht Goertz, the creator of the BMW 507, but most seem to concur that Toyota designer Satoru Nozaki should be the one credited for the car's styling.

Then again, there are those that don't care about the debate claiming that whoever designed the car was greatly influenced by Jaguar's legendary E-Type Coupe.

Styling aside, the 2000GT featured an aluminum body while power was provided by a 2.0-liter twin-cam straight-six sourced from the Toyota Crown but heavily modified by Yamaha, which drove the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.

This particular 2000GT is 1970 model that underwent a painstaking and detailed restoration that is said to have lasted six years. The dealer said that the 2000GT had clocked 90,000 km (about 56,000 miles) before the restoration started in 2003. No word on pricing but you know the saying...

Source: Wintel






30 Comments:

Anonymous said... »December 10, 2009

Despite how ultra critical i am of toyota and their questionable business practices today, I still reserve a spot for the 2000GT as being perhaps the best car they have ever made and will ever make. Nothing Toyota has made since has sirred me or made me want a Toyota more than this car.

Sergio said... »December 10, 2009

I don't care who designed it or if it was influenced by the E-Type or not, it is just beautiful and it's the best Toyota ever, period.

Anonymous said... »December 11, 2009

OH-MY-GOD!! Göertz did NOT,I repeat NOT designs the 2000GT.Satoru Nozaki did.Can we but this nonsense to rest,please?!?!?!

Anonymous said... »December 11, 2009

Its one of the best cars made by the best automaker in the world. Being a Toyota the guy/the firm who restored it must not even have broken a drop of sweat. (Toyota Relability)
The problem of floor mats taken up by 'critics'(dunno how they call themselves one) so relentlously tells how far and few in between these problems have occured.

Seb said... »December 11, 2009

It just looks epic, like the e type and the 250 gt lusso.

Anonymous said... »December 11, 2009

Wow, stunning design, stunning car! Also amazed that Toyota have dropped the ball so badly with image and performance this decade... FT86? is it.... the wheel turns....ptp.

Rick said... »December 11, 2009

Hey, it's the new Infiniti M45, err, oh wait.

Anonymous said... »December 11, 2009

Unbelievable that it is Japanese.

Anonymous said... »December 12, 2009

Epic looks! Love the design, it's so unique and astonishing! I hope the new buyer will preserve this extremely rare epic car.

canon5dcamera said... »December 13, 2009

Whoever the buyer is has to be one lucky guy/gal. Those are beautiful photos of a timeless subject

Anonymous said... »December 14, 2009

This is probably the best car that the japanese have ever designed.

Anonymous said... »December 15, 2009

more of an original knock-off of the Ferrari Daytona...

Anonymous said... »December 15, 2009

^ Then you should certainly wait for the cars they will unleash in future. They will be the best.

Anonymous said... »December 15, 2009

basically GIEF GIEF GIEF

Anonymous said... »December 16, 2009

"Then you should certainly wait for the cars they will unleash in future. They will be the best."

They've had nearly 40 years since to top this and they haven't. This is Toyota's best (2nd to the 240Z as Japan's best) car ever made hands down. Nothing made by Toyota since has even come close despite 40 years of hollow promises, their recent spate of recalls, and their present vanila styled cars. I consider this the high water mark of Toyota and I savour it as the future, as usual, looks 'beige'.

Anonymous said... »December 19, 2009

Looks great in that color, allthough I believe it to be a non-original color.

A few more facts about the 2000GT:

The Ferrari Daytona appeared a full year year after the 2000GT was put into production, and 2 years after it was unveiled.

While the 2000GT does bear some resemblance to a Jaguar E type, it's chassis design actually has more in common with a Lotus Elan.

As mentioned previously, Goertz had absolutely nothing to do with the design.

Anonymous said... »January 10, 2010

Where? How much? I want it!

Anonymous said... »January 28, 2010

Dr. No.

Anonymous said... »February 21, 2010

Since when(even in the late 60's) has a car weighing over 2500 pounds and producing only 150 HP been considered a "supercar?" Oh, when it came from Japan, that's when. Cause it really only looked like a "supercar" when compared with the other Japanese cars.

Anonymous said... »March 27, 2010

This is a classic in any sense...no matter if it's a true supercar or not. Strong design. But to those that say Toyota hasn't done anything since are full of it. The Mark IV Supra was also a landmark design and a car with tremendous power and durability. I had one for 10 years.

Anonymous said... »June 24, 2010

to anonymous 21 feb:
It's been called a supercar since it broke many many speed and reliability records. For comparison: e type weighed 600 punds more, and produced 260 hp, 60 hp more than this beauty. It needed more than double the engine size to produce those 65 additional hp, and evil tongues like top gear mention that these figures are somewhat exagerrated by jaguar.

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2010

If the Toyota 2000 GT had a Ferrari badge it would be revered as the finest car they had ever built! the fact that it's a Toyota and can rival the best Italian, British, and German machinary of the time whilst being so awe inspiring is frankly not very hard to believe, excellence, breeding, styling and engineering all played a part in creating this extraordinary motor car, perhaps the Montreal came close but as for the rest of the pretenders they relied on their reputation and were caught out because they were competing against each other when they should have been looking over their shoulders to see what Japan could create in their finest hour

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2010

Concorde and Tupolov supersonic passenger jet liners by engineering default had to look similar to perform the function they were designed to do!
60's sports cars are no different, were they copying each other? not a chance! GT 40's, E Type's Daytona's Miura's, Montreals are all similar but none can match the Toyota 2000 GT for shock value and styling from a country that at the time were seen to produce mediocre cars and cheap toys !!

Dylan said... »June 24, 2011

Second to the 240z? While the 240 was the best sports car that was available to the average joe, absolutely no way it was superior to the 2000. Except for availability, everything about this is so far ahead. The anonymous person who said that is not very much of a car person obviously....

Anonymous said... »November 16, 2011

Just saw an immaculate copy at the Yamaha headquarters in Fukuroi/Hamamatsu... I was blown away. First I'd heard of it (I wasn't even born then) but what an understated classic. Who wouldn't want one?!?

Nrwray said... »March 04, 2012

Back in the late 70's when I was in high school living in Walnut, California I remember one of these driving around town.  I was just getting into car back then.  So I really liked the styling of the GT 2000.  But I had no idea of the rareness of it.  It's funny I remember it being broken down on the side of an open stretch of road once (without the owner being anywhere in sight!!)

Anonymous said... »November 05, 2012

Oh yeah

Harvey Duncan said... »January 10, 2013

I'd argue the rear fenders/roofline by far surpasses the E-Type coupe is sex appeal. While there are some more iffy styling cues to the Toyota (big, bug-eyed lights up front, and equally non-stylistic rears), it has a far better coupe shape. The E-Type Coupe was so tall and skinny proportionally in comparison to the 2000GT, not to mention the XKE's hunchback rivaled by the more recent Panamera in cringe factor. The convertibles are by far better looking, but as the 2000GT was a coupe only affair, we're simply looking at coupes.

Harvey Duncan said... »January 10, 2013

If the Toyota 2000 GT had a Ferrari badge it would be revered as the
finest car they had ever built! the fact that it's a Toyota and can
rival the best Italian, British, and German machinary of the time whilst
being so awe inspiring is frankly not very hard to believe, excellence,
breeding, styling and engineering all played a part in creating this
extraordinary motor car, perhaps the Montreal came close but as for the
rest of the pretenders they relied on their reputation and were caught
out because they were competing against each other when they should have
been looking over their shoulders to see what Japan could create in
their finest hour

Harvey Duncan said... »January 11, 2013

One can't compare the classic Ferrari's to the new, so pinning a "finest ever built" is difficult to say the least.

The 2000GT is indeed a VERY noteworthy car, right along side the XKE, '63 Corvette and 300SL. The sad part is the Jaguar gets far more praise, while the Toyota is something I'd never heard of until Gran Turismo 2. A pity, as it is an amazing feat in automobiledom. In fact, I can't think of many Ferrari's with the impact of the '63 Corvette, XKE, or 300SL-- maybe the 250 GTO stands a chance?

I think Ferrari has had SO many cars that are great that it dilutes the mystique of every single car they have made. Hardly any are as special as the one before, with few exceptions. I'd say the F40 was a stand-out of the entire line.

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