This Toyota 2000GT Is the Perfect Birthday Present

His sons believed that as the owner of the oldest Toyota dealership in France, Jean-Pierre Degenève deserved to get back into a 2000GT.

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In 1967, the Toyota 2000GT became the dream car nobody thought a Japanese manufacturer could make. Its cutting edge technology and sleek styling made it an instant hit, giving Toyota the image boost all those equally brand new Corollas couldn't.

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The most precious Japanese two-seater was actually designed and engineered by Yamaha, which intended to sell it to a client it had worked with before, Nissan. When it refused, the proposal landed at Toyota, which agreed to build the car, but there'd need to be a new body penned by Satoru Nozaki.

Sometime in the late seventies, a Frenchman named Jean-Pierre Degenève decided to jump into a 2000GT, leaving his decade-long love for the Ferrari Daytona behind. As a third-generation car dealer and Toyota's first French importer, he went on buying a second GT not long after, only to end up selling both. He's been regretting the move ever since.

Purchasing a 2000GT today is no easy task. Toyota only built 351 of these sports cars, and while prices stayed pleasantly low until quite recently, acquiring a good example is now a seven-figure affair. Regardless, nothing couldn't stop the Degenève brothers, who were determined to locate one for their father for his upcoming 70th birthday. And with the help of Toyota, they soon found a reason to visit Yokohama.

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