1967 Toyota 2000 GT
Even though its engine was based on the inline six in the second generation Toyota Crown Sedan, the 2000GT would prove to be the most exciting car in the Toyota model range. The engine produced 150 horsepower, and the vehicle had a curb weight of just 2,400 pounds. This allowed it to achieve a favorable 49/51 weight distribution, which made it quite light on its feet and a joy to drive on a winding mountain road. Motor Trend lauded it as “one of the most exciting and enjoyable cars we’ve driven.”
Adding to the desirability of the 2000GT is its rarity. Only 351 examples left the factory by the time production concluded in 1970, and just 15% of those were imported to the United States. Priced at over $7,000 in 1967, the 2000GT was $1,000 more than both the E-Type and 911, and over $2,500 more than a Corvette
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|type||Series Production Car|
|price $||$ 6,800|
|displacement||1988 cc / 121.3 in³|
|bore||75.0 mm / 2.95 in|
|stroke||75.0 mm / 2.95 in|
|power||111.9 kw / 150.1 bhp @ 6600 rpm|
|specific output||75.5 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||134.02 bhp per tonne|
|torque||176.26 nm / 130.0 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm|
|body / frame||Steel Frame w/ Welded Semi-unit Body|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|front tires||165 HR-15|
|rear tires||165 HR-15|
|front brakes||Discs w/ Vacuum Assist|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|curb weight||1120 kg / 2469 lbs|
|wheelbase||2330 mm / 91.7 in|
|front track||1300 mm / 51.2 in|
|rear track||1300 mm / 51.2 in|
|length||4175 mm / 164.4 in|
|width||1600 mm / 63.0 in|
|height||1161 mm / 45.7 in|
|gear ratios||3.145:1, 1.636:1, 1.179:1, 1.000:1, 0.844:1|
|top speed||~206.0 kph / 128.0 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~10.0 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~24.0 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~16.6 seconds|
Auction Sales History
Bellatrix Yellow 1968 Toyota 2000 GT MF10-10110 – sold for $610,000
This is one of about 62 – some sources claim as many as 109 – Toyota 2000GTs that were produced with left-hand drive, as indicated by “MF10L” in the serial number. With very few imported into the U.S., out of a total production of 351, they are seldom seen. It was delivered to its first owner in California where it was well maintained, but driven infrequently. It was acquired from its original owner by the Japanese electronics firm, Denon, in July, 1990 with only 3,600 miles on the odometer. Japanese DMV records indicate that it received limited use, with only a few thousand miles recorded annually. The 12,542 miles shown today are properly documented. It was repainted in 2004, and again in 2015, in the factory-correct color of Bellatrix Yellow, the rarest of the six colors offered. It is presented in as-new condition, with a mild patina on the seating.
Auction Source: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC by Keno Brothers
1967 Toyota 2000GT MF10-10083 – sold for $825,000 The first U.S.-delivery and first left-hand-drive 2000GT. Known ownership from new; unrestored and incredibly well preserved. One of the most original surviving examples. The ultimate and first Japanese supercar
Auction Source: RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
1967 Toyota 2000 GT MF10-10193 – sold for $803,000 Desirable Original Left-Hand-Drive Example with Matching-Numbers Engine. Known History in Switzerland from New. Restored in 1993 and again in 2014 by Roos Engineering Ltd. Offered After More than 30 Years of Single-Owner Care. Historic and Immensely Infuential Design.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
1968 Toyota 2000GT MF10L-10189 – sold for $880,000 Only 351 built; one of 84 left-hand-drive examples. Comprehensive restoration and recent mechanical sorting. “Toyota’s E-Type”; the greatest Japanese car of all time. Built in December 1967 and sold new in Belgium. Includes more-supportive sport seats, which have been painstakingly trimmed in the correct-style material.
Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s
1967 Toyota 2000GT MF10-10128 – sold for $1,045,000
Beautifully restored to original specifications. One of just two 2000GTs delivered new to Mozambique. “Toyota’s E-Type,” the greatest Japanese car of all time. Even though the majority of right-hand-drive 2000GTs stayed in their home market of Japan, the Solar Red 1967 example offered here, chassis MF10-10128, is one of just two sold new to Mozambique. It was acquired and subsequently exported from Mozambique by Roger Holstead, a South African sports car enthusiast, in the late 1970s. Holstead owned three 2000GTs in total, including the other Mozambican 2000GT.
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1968 Toyota 2000GT MF10-10174 – sold for €728,000
Chassis MF10-10174 was produced on 19 January 1968, finished in Pegasus White, and delivered new to its home market of Japan as a right-hand drive model. This 2000GT, being offered today from its native country, has recently completed a restoration, where it was repainted in a striking shade of burgundy and fitted with chrome Borrani-style wire wheels. The brilliant paint colour is beautifully accented by the chrome details on the car, and it attractively showcases the design features of this stunning sports car. Surly this would be a wonderful example to drive and enjoy, as it showcases Toyota’s brilliant European-inspired design.
Auction Source: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions
1967 Toyota 2000GT chassis MF10-10093 – sold for $968,000
1967 Toyota 2000GT chassis MF10-10093. Offered today in highly original condition, this spectacular 2000GT continues to show extremely well. The car has never been subject to a restoration of any kind; although, it was repainted once in its original color of Solar Red. The engine and drivetrain remain 100 percent original and in fully functioning condition, and they have never be disassembled or removed from the car. The interior is also highly original; it displays a few signs of wear, but it has always been well maintained. The car comes with a plethora of original documentation, including the original warranty card, purchase invoice, registration, window sticker, service booklet, and owners’ manual.
Auction Source: RM’s Art of the Automobile
1968 Toyota 2000GT MF10-10136 – sold for $935,000 A matching-numbers, lightly restored example. One of just 54 originally imported to North America. Japan’s first entry into the sports car industry.
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
1968 Toyota 2000 GT MF10-10219 – sold for $627,000 The First Japanese Supercar. One of Only 351 Built and One of Only 84 Built in Left-Hand Drive. Less than 9,000 KM from New. Fully Documented Restoration to Concours Standards. A True Icon Among Japanese Automobiles. One of the Most Beautifully Executed Sports Cars of the 1960s.
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1967 Toyota 2000GT Targa Conversion MF10-10125 – sold for €204,843 The Targa design remained un-built until 1984, when enthusiast Ed Pessin of Culver City, California commissioned Richard Billings of Los Angeles to create a one-of-a-kind example of the car utilising the original Toyota sketch.
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions