Rare Toyota 2000GT Spotted at Cars & Coffee Meeting in Tokyo

Toyota had a sportscar way before the Celica was born, but few know about it and its rarity.
Toyota 2000GT at Cars & Coffee Tokyo 4 photos
Photo: SpeedHunters
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With only 337 units built between 1967 and 1970, the Toyota 2000GT is rarer even than the Lexus LFA, and is the vehicle that revolutionized the automotive world’s view of Japanese car manufacturers.

As this sports coupe appeared when most people was looking at Japanese cars as imitative and stodgily practical vehicles, the 2000GT impressed both with is shapes and performance.

Power was supplied by a 2-liter straight-six engine making 150 hp, and there was also nine special MF-12 versions that came with a larger 2.3-liter engine.

Design-wise, the 2000GT was somehow following the lines and cues of its time, but came with its own unique features, like its very low height, pop-out headlights, plexiglass covered driving lights, no bumpers and other nice details. The sportscar was so cool that it got featured in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, and due to Sean Connery’s height, Toyota made a convertible version just for the film.

One such rarity, painted in egg-white and appearing to be spotless, has been seen recently in a cars & coffee event in Tokyo, where everybody stopped for a couple of minutes from their normal routine to admire the 2000GT as it was arriving.

Check it in the photos bellow courtesy of SpeedHunters
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