A Rare 53-Year-Old Toyota Sells for $700,000

In May, Sotheby's will sell one of the rarest Japanese cars. This is a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, an exclusive classic sports car.

In the period of 1967 to 1970, Toyota produced 351 2000GTcoupes, 62 of them were left-hand drive. The two-door model put up for auction was owned by the racer and collector Otto Linton for more than 30 years. The car has retained its original body color.

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The 2000GT appeared 15 years before the release of the Toyota Celica Supra. The coupe is considered to be the ancestor of the legendary model. The car represents a joint project of Toyota and Yamaha. The latter's specialists were responsible for the chassis and interior, and Toyota – for the body design, engine, assembling and tuning. Toyota’s engineers also worked on a 5-speed manual transmission.

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The Toyota 2000GT is considered the first model of the manufacturer with a DCT and disc brakes on all four wheels. The main highlight of the coupe is its leather interior with mahogany inserts and hand-fitted panels.

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The high price tag did not allow the car to become popular. In the United States, such a sports car cost more than a Porsche 911. Back in 1967, the standard coupe cost about $7,000 on the American market. Later, in 2013, a similar coupe was sold for $1.2 million at auction. The starting price of this car is not disclosed. The model is expected to be sold for $700,000-$850,000.

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