Believe it or not, this sexy car was designed for Nissan by Yamaha, the project was adopted by Toyota after the Yokohama-based company (Nissan used to be called Datsun) refused the idea and started working on what would become their Datsun 240Z.
Realizing how the bold two-seat design would change its image globally, Toyota immediately approved the program. Production began in 1967, when the 2000GT would revolutionize Japan’s view on the automotive industry, with a sports car to rival offerings from the more famous European marques.
The 2000GT was built for only three years and in just 351 units, but its impact was huge. It was not only the first supercar to come from Japan, but also the only Japanese car to have been featured prominently in a James Bond film. Also, it is the most expensive Asian car ever sold at auction as of 2015.
There are 14 units of the 2000 GTs in the top 20 most valuable Japanese cars ever sold, and if you take out the racing cars, and count just production cars, it is just 17 of the top 20.
Two cars share the USD1.155 million highest price ever paid for this rare Toyota at auction being a yellow 1967 model 2000GT sold at RM-Sothebys and Gooding & Co (Pebble Beach, 2014).
We have knowledge of a Toyota 2000 GT, white colour, sitting in a covered garage on Penang island and the owner wants his privacy. This is the only unit to our knowledge in Malaysia. Have you seen one?