Legendary sports car Toyota 2000GT will be auctionedFebruary 23, 2020
A unique Japanese model was released in the amount of only 351 copies.
A decade before the first Toyota Supra was built, the Japanese automaker created a sleek and slim sports car: the 2000GT. The sports car was the automaker’s first step into the world of performance, proof that Toyota could also create a sports car, and at the same time, a pretty one.
One of these rare cars will be put up for sale May 1-2 at auction at RM Sotheby’s Elkhart, Indiana. This particular vehicle is one of the 62 2000GTs originally sold in the United States with left-hand drive.
Otto Linton, an American race car driver, bought a new car and kept it for 30 years. A vehicle with chassis number MF10-10100 and body number 1090 has recently been refurbished by Maine Line Exotics, who carefully and painstakingly updated it while maintaining its original color – Solar Red.
In the 1960s, Japan was known for producing cheap and reasonable fuel-efficient cars, none of which could compete with such as the Jaguar, Porsche and Corvette. The very idea that the Japanese car company introduced something that could fight these manufacturers seemed ridiculous, but Yamaha and Toyota made this possible.
Legendary designer Raymond Lowe originally intended to work with Nissan to create a low-coupe coupe, but turned to Toyota when Nissan abandoned the project. The partnership led to the creation of a truly classic sports car, even if most of the world did not realize it.
Powered by a 150-horsepower six-cylinder in-line engine and a five-speed manual gearbox, the 2000GT was fast to drive thanks to its 1,088 kg weight and 49/51 percent weight distribution. By today’s performance standards, it barely surpasses today’s Corolla – from zero to hundreds in 8.2 seconds.
The 2000GT was produced from 1967 to 1970, and during that time Toyota sold 351 units worldwide, 62 of which crossed the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the United States. Fifty years ago, the price of one of these cars was a little over $ 7,000.
Today, these cars cost a lot more: in 2013, the 2000GT was sold for $ 1.2 million at auction, making it the most expensive Asian car sold at auction at the time. Recently, another white model was sold for $ 511,000 at RM Sotheby’s, arguing that even if they might not meet record prices, these cars continue to be real collectibles.
The Solar Red car, which is due to be auctioned in May, does not yet have a starting price and can only guess how much it will go under the hammer.
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