Hooniverse Classic Toyota Weekend – An Original Toyota 2000 GT Coupe

What is the Blue Chip Toyota Collectible? Odds are it will be one of these, a Toyota 2000GT Coupe from 1967. This particular 2000 GT has had only one owner, and is now offered for sale. However, is it worth the asking price?

It has everything most car connoisseurs want: Exclusivity (This is one of 351 cars made, and only 1 of 84 Left Hand Drive models), Elegantly Styled (Said to be the Japanese Jaguar XK Type), Produced by Master Craftsmen (Hand-built by Yamaha with the same precision as their Violins and Pianos), and with impeccable provenance. This is said to be the finest Toyota 2000 GT Coupe available in the states.

According to the listing:

Here is an unprecedented opportunity to acquire a 1-owner, low mileage mint example of an ultra-rare U.S. delivery 1967 Toyota 2000GT. Of the 351 cars made, only 84 were left hand drive, of which only 62 came into the U.S.A. between 1967-70. Today less than 40 of those are known to still exist, making this one of the rarest collector vehicles in the world.

All 2000GT’s were handbuilt by Yamaha, and today are universally regarded as being the first Japanese “Supercar”. Fitted with a 2 liter, twin cam six cylinder engine with 3 twin-choke carburetors and a 5-speed transmission the GT ‘redlines’ at 7000rpm, producing speeds of 70 mph in 2nd; 100 in 3rd; and just below 140 mph in top end.

This particular 2000GT was sold new by the Toyota dealer in St. Louis, MO to its only registered owner who took exceptional care of the car. After many years of storage it was recently treated to a meticulous detailing and freshening back to its original showroom condition by marque specialist Maine Line Exotics of Biddeford, Maine which included an engine rebuild, new stainless steel mufflers, recovering of the seats in the original-style pattern and material, and refininishing of the center console and glove box wood. The car is as delivered with its original matching-numbers engine and is in pristine condition for either display or grand touring.

Sold with its original books, manuals, tools, and documentation. The rarest of the rare, a one-owner completely correct and ready to enjoy example, car #88 is the finest example 2000GT to be offered in the marketplace for years the likes of which will probably never be offered for sale again.

Asking price for this magnificent Grand Tourer is $650,000! Yes you read that right…. $650,000! Is this car worth that much coin? It is rare, and it is beautiful, but I think its no where near this asking price. Tell me what you think…. and catch the listing here.

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15 responses to “Hooniverse Classic Toyota Weekend – An Original Toyota 2000 GT Coupe”

  1. jeremy![™] Avatar

    like the lf-a, 350,000 is around top consideration for this car. if this seller gets 650,000 id like to give him a high five.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    Would it be wrong to get Shelby to sign the dash?
    <img src="http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL2001/12972534/23139567/386099876.jpg"width=500&gt;

    1. scroggzilla Avatar

      <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5011897685_1f4172a460.jpg&quot; width="500" height="264" alt="68 scca las vegas scooter patrick shelby-toyota 2000gt">

  3. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Nice to look at, but will it give the fun of hundred cars that cost 6,500.00 each, Miata, Z240-280, Alfa Spider, BMW 2002, etc., or twenty cars like a NSX, Lotus Elise, M3, etc.
    Gorgeous car but the price makes it CP.

  4. atp hephaestus Avatar
    atp hephaestus

    Why does a 650K car with a recent high-end rebuild by a marque specialist need to sit over the automotive equivalent of a puppy pee pad?
    It is a stunningly beautiful example of a fantastic car and to those who consider themselver curators/custodians of fine automobiles I am sure it is worth it.

  5. tonyola Avatar

    Yeah, it's a gorgeous five-star collectible that's destined to be a museum piece. Sad, but inevitable. Might be worth it to a billionaire. Mere mortals like me would look elsewhere. How much it would cost to make a faithful replica but with a late Supra Turbo driveline?

    1. Thrashy Avatar

      For the kind of money the seller is asking for, you could commission this guy to build you an aluminum shell to mount your 2JZ into, and still have plenty leftover.

  6. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    A Toyota factory isn't worth 650K to me. But it sure is a pretty little thing.

  7. Alex Kierstein Avatar
    Alex Kierstein

    You know, had they made 50,000 of them, I'm sure the price would be proportionally lower. That would've bankrupted Toyota about 50,000 times over, but sure would've been cool, huh? It's really the rarity/exclusivity you're paying for here … no one is going to argue that they drive like $650k worth of car, although my understanding is that they are pretty sweet drivers.
    Also, in case it isn't obvious: DO WANT.

    1. facelvega Avatar

      It's not only that it was rare, it's that it was rare and by a big company that's still around. There are tons of at least equally beautiful and influential but faster and rarer GT cars from small European makers of the same vintage as this 2000GT, and they generally top out at around $250k for something like a pristine Facel II or DB4 Zagato. Plenty of other cars of nearly equal status can be had for well under $100k, like the best Bristols or Alvises. Heck Hyman now has Dean Martin's own Ghia L6.4, one of 26 produced and this one modified by George Barris I guess so it would look different from Sinatra's, for $200k. Like the Gullwing, the 507, or the Ford GT, and unlike the Ghia, two thirds of the 2000GT's value is based on being tied to a big company.

  8. facelvega Avatar

    I wouldn't pay a penny over $500k for it.

  9. Lotte Avatar

    $650,000? What does that say about this! http://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/110976-rb-powered-toyo
    (Oh, it's a replica. Good.)

    1. dustin_driver Avatar

      It's a good replica, though. I'd be more than happy to roll that.

  10. scroggzilla Avatar

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