KIDNEY, ANYONE? One of the finest Toyota 2000GT restorations you’ll ever see

Toyota 2000GT  Javier Quiros

Sometimes life throws you lemons. Or, perhaps, an entire lemon tree aimed squarely at your Toyota 2000GT. Other times, the car nut friend you meet in college turns out to be Akio Toyoda.

To be clear, Javier Quirós‘s family was already knee-deep in Toyotas before the two met. Quirós’ father imported two FJ25 Land Cruisers for his Costa Rica banana plantation and before you know it, had become the world’s fourth-oldest Toyota importer, in charge of all the ToMoCo products sold in the region. Family fortunes grew and Javier eventually acquired his dream car, a 1967 Toyota 2000GT. Now he’s restoring it to what he believes is “the most original 2000GT in the world.” 

Toyota 2000GT Javier Quiros

This is the story of how Javier Quirós came to own his 2000GT, serial number 10128 and originally sold in Mozambique. Over the years he’s remained friends with Akio Toyoda, earning a seat alongside the Toyota Motor Company president in his 24 Hours of Nürburgring Lexus LFA. Quirós owns his own LFA as well, the only one with fog lights specially designed by TOM’S as an homage to the endurance racer. It’s red, like the rest of Javier Quirós’ collection of Toyota sports cars.

After many years with the 2000GT, Quirós thinks it’s time to pass it on to the next custodian. But before releasing it, he conducted what he calls the most thorough restoration in the world, with every last hose, clamp or screw researched and vetted as original. Quirós hopes to let it find its new home at the Monterey Historics this year, which already has a hakosuka GT-R, Cosmo Sport, and another 2000GT on the lot list. UPDATE: This 2000GT has been consigned to RM Auctions.

You can read more about Quirós and his 2000GT from our friends at Kaizen Factor, in Part 01 and Part 02.

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12 Responses to KIDNEY, ANYONE? One of the finest Toyota 2000GT restorations you’ll ever see

  1. gypsy said:

    I’m surprised you guy’s missed another 2000gt sale. A nice red example recently sold in Monaco by RM Auction s for 728,000 Euro (1.074M Australian)

  2. xs10shl said:

    RM Auctions

    http://rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1068237

    Two 2000GTs in one weekend – I remember when the market could absorb one or two 2000GT sales a year. The market is accelerating for sure.

  3. Ray said:

    sure is nice to have money

  4. creakyjoints said:

    Restoring “the most original 2000GT in the world.” What a idiot.

    • Kuroneko said:

      Initially I thought so too, as – restoring it to what he believes is “the most original 2000GT in the world’ – is of course a total contradiction. However reading both the original source, and the commentary it is clear what he means to say is simply ‘the most original restoration in the world’. Whereby they are using as many original parts as possible to source, and limiting the use of modern or repro bits accordingly. An entirely legit objective…

      In the photographs though, this Honda driver can clearly see some attributes nothing like ‘original’ for an MF10 though. But, that’s another story… Neko.

  5. 02Anders said:

    Yeah, “totally original” and “restored to totally original spec” is two thoroughly different things.
    Sorry to be the nagging old man, but I just wish people could just get a grasp of this.
    Of course it still looks like it’ll be a truly awesome 2000GT… ;-)

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