Toyota's agelessly beautiful 2000GT has been sold by RM Auctions for $1.16 million, making it the new record holder for the most expensive Asian car ever sold. As always, rarity played a big factory in driving up the price; just 351 2000GT models were built, and only 62 left-hand-drive cars (like this one). The classic Toyota, standout member of Texas car-collector Don Davies' paddock, was originally a US-delivery car that spent time in a collection back in a Japan before returning to Texas just a short time ago. The car last sold in March of 2011, for just $650,000.
Enthusiasts will recognize the 2000GT as perhaps the most heralded Japanese classic of all time. The Toyota was a contemporary of the Jaguar E-Type - though one that obviously sold in a fraction of the English car's numbers - that was well reviewed by the motoring press of the day. Sometimes referred to as Japan's first supercar, the 2000GT boasted a 150-horsepower, dual overhead cam, 2.0-liter straight-six engine; a five-speed manual transmission; and a reported top speed of over 135 miles per hour.
RM described this record-setting example as, "the finest and most authentic 2000GT to come to market in recent years," equating it with blue chip classic exotics like the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura.Permalink | Email this | Comments
If anyone can get their hands on rare and one-of-a-kind cars, it's Jay Leno, but some cars even elude the well-funded clutches of the funnyman-turned car collector. In this episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Jay meets a car that he thought he would never get a chance to drive; the Toyota 2000GT. And yes, we're extremely jealous.
This is the latest stop in Jay's trip to Japan, where he has already played with the Datsun 240Z and Lexus LFA, but this has to be the crescendo of his trek. Venturing to Toyota's own museum, Leno is rewarded by something even more rare than your average 2000GT. The car in question is one of only two convertible 2000GT's ever built. They were specially commissioned for use in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.
Due to its rarity, Leno was only allowed to drive it in what appears to be the museum parking lot. Still, that is more seat time with a 2000GT than most others will ever get to spend. Click below to watch Jay's test drive of what is arguably one of the most collectible Japanese cars ever made, as well as its use on the silver screen.Permalink | Email this | Comments