This is now the fourth Toyota 2000GT to sell for around one million dollars. Sotheby’s and RM Auctions recently collaborated together to throw a live auction extravaganza in Manhattan called “The Art of the Automobile”, bringing together 34 historic cars which are predicted to sell for over $50,000,000.
This stunning Solar Red example was one of 54 originally sold in the United States. It was transported new to Len Sheriden Toyota in Santa Monica, California, and has remained in a private collection in Southern California for the past decade.
The Toyota flagship is all original in condition, even down to documentation that comes with it. Our only nitpick would be the non-original sideview mirrors, and the fact that it’s been repainted in the original color once.
Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to find a Toyota at any high-dollar event celebrating the automobile as art. Now, the 2000GT is one of the event’s headliners and sits among such rarefied company as Talbot Lagos, Delahayes, Mercedes gullwings and Le Mans raced Ferraris.
Such a great looking car.
In 1967 Toyota built this car and announced to the world “We can build a world class car too”. Forty Five years later the rest of the world finally answers and says “We hear you, and yes, you sure can”.
It took far too long for this car to get the level of recognition it truly deserves.
Love that body style
Do you think 2000gt replica kit cars will become
as common as the cobras?
This replica has been around a while. Based on a 240z. The link to Road Star Garage doesn’t work though. http://www.carscoops.com/2009/01/toyota-2000gt-replica-based-on-nissan.html
The 240z is definitely a better base for the 2000gt than the
Miata/Mx5, and looks great too but who wants to butcher a beautiful 240z? they should be made from scratch like GT40’s
and Cobras mainly are.
Agreed – no choppin’ up ANY classics…
How about a tube-frame/make a real kit out of it?
Nice find, makes me wonder how many million dollar cars are just low budget bog jobs under the shiny paint ! The second restorer did a very nice job considering what he started with, there’s only so much you can repair with badly damaged metal, well done.
This is the type of restorer you want to work on your pride and joy,
especially if it’s as precious as the 2000gt.
I believe he’s the one who created a 2000gt completely from scratch
out of aluminium sheets, so would be lighter than the original too
and never rust.
I’d rather a 240z than a pretend 2000gt any day. Chopping up a good Z is just stupid to make a kit car….. That’s what Volkswagen beetles are for 😆