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.


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      Max Bramante
      • 2 Years Ago
      Super Super Sexy
      pieterdprall
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Toyota 2000 was not exactly a contemporary of the E-Type Jaguar. The real E-Type (The Series I) was nearly done by the time this Toyota came out. So pleeeeseee
      tilux
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw those race at Phoenix International Raceway in the late '60's. Carroll Shelby was the team manager.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow people who think Toyota's have gotten boring over the recent years weren't kidding. This car's gorgeous.
        frostillicus80
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Indeed it is. It\'s a shame Toyota thinks almost nothing of performance and sexy designing anymore... save for maybe the LFA. Seems like they just want to be the biggest appliance maker.
          Bobby Thompson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @frostillicus80
          The LFA is an absolute monster! And rumors are gaining strength that Toyota is about to reintroduce the Supra as a competitor to Nissan's Z's!!!
      Badfish941
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always thought 2000gt was the most beautiful car to come out of Japan, glad to see it's getting the appreciation it deserves. too bad I couldn't fit in one though...
        mkspw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Badfish941
        I would have to say the Datsun 240z the first few years would be neck to neck with the 2000gt.
      el aventador
      • 2 Years Ago
      The japanese e-type. Nice, but I'd rather have the original, british car.
      dleonard70
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is nice and classic. 1.16 mill is alot of money! I wonder how much an old Triumph TR6 would go for in good condition? Removable hard top. Mmmmm, what a nice little retro-dream rally. Too bad about British Leyland. Very tough note in automotive history. Very much missed. Would love to have one.
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dleonard70
        Unlike the British Leyland cars, this one works.
      ralphdav74
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the one that lovely Japanese lady rescued Sean Connery with, in one of those James Bond movies. I had not seen that car since.
      quick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool Trivial Question: Why was the 2000GT Bond drove a convertible?
        Will
        • 2 Years Ago
        @quick
        He was too durn tall to fit in the thing!
        Daveman 427
        • 2 Years Ago
        @quick
        Sean Connery was too tall to fit under the roof of the coupe. Fun Fact: Carroll Shelby campaigned Toyota 2000GTs in SCCA. One happens to be for sale and if anyone buys it, this car will become the new most expensive Asian car ever (unless you can talk them down). http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2012/01/26/kidney-anyone-carroll-shelbys-toyota-2000gt-00001-for-1-7-million/
          Daveman 427
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Daveman 427
          Did not see the first 2 replies BTW >_< I goofed again!
        nowherefast792
        • 2 Years Ago
        @quick
        He was too tall!
        Glenn Gray
        • 2 Years Ago
        @quick
        MYGUESS IS IT HAD AN EJECTION SEAt SO IT HAD TO BE A CONVETIBLE (TOP DOWN OF COURSE)
        mkivtrd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @quick
        Actually JB/007 didn\'t drive the car in the movie (You Only Live Twice) he was rescued by a lovely Japanese girl that was driving the car. 2000GT\'s are simply gorgeous (seen 2 in person and as good as it looks in pics it looks even better in person). Glad to see they are being appreciated for what they are.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      A million dollar corolla 2-door... Nice....
      hardtohandle
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an ugly little car.
      shidelera5
      • 2 Years Ago
      150-horsepower and a reported top speed of over 135 miles per hour.......I could pull 4 plug wires on my GTO and still best that ! Id be ashamed to spend so much and get so little !
        johnjhenry1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shidelera5
        I hate to disappoint you but your GTO will not even idle with 4 plug wires removed.
        _M7_
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shidelera5
        yo may do that....but until today you will never have DOHC or independant rear ssupension.....or fuel inyection on some race cars....XD .....Japan teach until today how car must be builted and made whit quality so they dont broke or have electrical faliures all time, plus a lot of fuel eficiency whit small engines.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shidelera5
        @ shidelera5 Knuckle draggers rarely get the point of vehicles like these. I am not surprised you made such a pointless comment.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shidelera5
        [blocked]
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shidelera5
        The difference is the GTO is a Holden Monaro with a Pontiac badge. The 2000GT is a rare, classic sports car that represents one of Toyota's earlier performance attempts and one of the earliest successful Japanese sports cars. Not to mention that the figures were high end for their day. 150 horsepower from a two-liter, N/A straight six, a five-speed, and a 135mph top speed in 1967? Just to put things in perspective; the LS2 in a later GTO pushes 400 horse from six liters, or about sixty seven horsepower a liter. The 2000GT's straight six makes a bucky fifty from two liters, or seventy-five horsepower a liter. That's eight horsepower a liter more in a car that's forty or so years older...
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