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Secretly fabricated entirely by hand in the Yamaha factory in Shizuoka, Japan, the 2000GT represented Toyota’s earliest attempt to make a sports car that could rival European supercars like Lamborghini and Porsche. The 2000GT was introduced in 1965 at the Tokyo Motor Show and special racing versions quickly claimed three world endurance records. Its performance-oriented, two-liter twin-cam six-cylinder engine produced a remarkable 149 horsepower. Priced in 1967 at a then-high $7,230, Toyota sold only 337 2000GTs of which 54 were purchased new in the United States. This example was sold when new by Len Sheridan Toyota in Santa Monica.
The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection