Up until recently, the Toyota 2000GT hid in the corners of the car world, a mystery to most enthusiasts, often disregarded as a cheap, Jaguar E-Type knockoff. Its undeniable beauty and heritage was largely ignored for decades. Nowadays, though, this low-slung sports car is near the top of every collector's wish list, with some costing over $1,000,000. With just 351 ever made, they rarely pop up for sale, which is why this particular car is a big deal.
This 2000GT, which at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction, has lived an exciting life, moving around the planet with each of its four previous owners. It's conquered roads in Maine, South Africa, San José, and even Costa Rica. Gooding & Company calls the car "one of the finest restored examples extant," expecting it to rake in $600,000-$700,000 on the auction block at Pebble Beach this week.
While the drop-dead good looks speak for themselves, many other parts of the 2000GT are standouts in their own right. The engine, developed in a partnership with Yamaha, was a two-liter straight six unit that made about 150 horsepower. It was incredibly reliable, standing up to the 72-hour event in 1966. It also had four-wheel independent suspension, magnesium wheels, a limited slip differential, and even disc brakes all around. It was easily the most advanced Japanese car ever made upon its release in 1967.
While that's well of reach for most of us enthusiasts, we're happy to see a car as great as the 2000GT still driving today. Hopefully the new owner keeps it on the road for decades to come.