Little did the world knew, that the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show would change the way how we perceived the sports cars as the pretty ones only come from European countries. The game changed when the stunning Japanese contender arrived to make every enthusiast go weak on his knees, the car was the Toyota 2000GT, a car before which Japan had never produced a car that could stir up emotions in an enthusiasts like the Ferrari’s, and Porsche’s of the world did. Arriving in what was probably the most iconic era where the greatest and the most beautiful of cars were made, the 2000GT stood tall among the crop was Japan’s finest. This is not all, in 1967 Toyota 2000GT appeared in the James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery at the wheel as he hurled around the back streets of Tokyo, it was a convertible one made especially for the filming owing to Connery’s burly 6’ 2” height.
Developed along with the superbike manufacturing specialist Yamaha, the Toyota 200GT produced 150bhp from its 2.0 litre engine that was good enough to make the 2000GT reach up to 130Mph which was not far behind the likes of the 150mph Jaguar E-type and Aston Martin DB5 from Europe. Yamaha also utilized its piano making arm and provided the 2000GT console with wooden trim. With only 351 2000GT’s ever produced, the Toyota 2000GT was indeed a special car that against the trend of cheaper Japanese cars, retailed at £5,000 in 1967, which was around £1,000 more than the British E-type and German 911.
The impeccably maintained car you see in the pictures is the 1967 Toyota 2000GT with a chassis number MF10-10088, is one of the 62 original left-hand-drive examples of this stunning Japanese sports car that were delivered to the USA, and with 47000 miles on clock and several stages of refurbishment to get it to its most original state the car comes with a selection of original manuals, catalogues and brochures, as well as a detailed register only three private owners it has been with.
First delivered to Don Placke Toyota of St. Louis, Missouri, among one of the early U.S. Toyota dealers in major cities where the car remained there for five long years in new car inventory, before a dealership trade, saw it passed on to Bill Spencer, dealer principal of another Toyota dealership, Competition Sports Cars in Lawrence, Kansas. However, Mr. Spencer became the first ever registered owner of this particular car a year after when he sold off his dealership, and he cherished the car for decades with his wife. It was after the passing of Mr. Spencer that Mrs. Spencer became the second owner of the car in 2001; in 2007 the car was sent for a full refurbishing by Maine Line Exotics of Biddeford, which were one of the foremost Toyota 2000GT specialists in the U.S.
It wasn’t long after that when the car was sold off to an another prominent collector, in the Pacific Northwest, with whom it remained until the current owner’s acquisition—making him just its third private owner of the car that is widely considered to be the most authentic and original Toyota 2000GT in USA.
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was offered at the auction by RM Sotheby’s at the Amelia Island on March 12th, 2016 and was sold for $797500.