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Toyota 2000 GT as expensive as 300 SL: sought-after Japanese super sports car

Toyota 2000 GT as expensive as Mercedes 300 SL
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D abei only the exterior reminds of the British Role model, because under the hood it's much more modern. Instead of a large-volume in-line six-cylinder or a capricious 5.3-liter V12 with 276 hp, Toyota relies on a small and light light alloy in-line six with a displacement of 2 liters. A battery of 3 Solex double carburetors supplies the high-speed engine with mixture.

High-speed engine with 150 HP

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Good: fully psychronized five-speed gearbox with overdrive, disc brakes all around with brake booster, triangular wishbones front and rear, but the set-up was not exactly ideal.

The square designed double ocher reaches its peak performance of 150 hp at 6,600 rpm, but turns easily up to over 7,000 rpm. Enough for a top speed of 220 km /h and a sprint to 100 km /h in just under 10 s. The key data of the chassis also promise good things: fully psychronized five-speed gearbox with overdrive, disc brakes all around with brake booster, triangular wishbones at the front and rear, but the coordination didn't work out ideal. The rear axle is considered to be the Toyota 2000 GT's Achilles heel. The long spring travel at the rear offers good driving comfort, but when things get sporty, the construction reaches its limits.

Folding headlights because of US - Regulations

For the main sales market, the USA, the comfort-oriented one should fit. The sale in the USA is also the reason for the pop-up headlights. Because originallythere shouldn't be any next to the low-slung headlights. However, in the USA there were specifications regarding the height of the headlights - and so the pop-up headlights had to be added. The Toyota 2000 GT were built at the Yamaha factory in Hamamatsu.

The Toyota 2000 GT showed that the 2000 GT can also shine on the racetrack and that the engineers had done a great job at the endurance race from Suzuka in 1966: Toyota won with two copies the victory in the 1,000 km race. Numerous records followed, which also proved the reliability of the Japanese super sports car.

As expensive as a gullwing - and much rarer

But the price stood in the way of success. At 2.4 million yen, the Toyota 2000 GT was the most expensive Japanese automobile when it was launched. In Europe around 30,000 marks were due - but the car never officially came to Germany. It would have been difficult for him, because a Porsche 911 cost around a third less back then. Production was discontinued after only 3 years and 351 copies.

Today, the Toyota 2000 GT is in the same league as the Mercedes 300 SL in terms of price. In 2013 and 2014, two auctions achieved well over $ 1 million. The price development is one of the fastest in the classic car scene: the same example, which achieved $ 375,000 at auction in 2010, was sold by RM Auctions for $ 1.15 million just 3 years later. This also stopped the voices that mocked when a Toyota 2000 GT was offered on ebay for 650,000 dollars in 2011.

World rally champion drives Toyota 2000 GT at Silvretta Classic

A year later, another Toyota 2000 GT confirmed the new, high price level: In August 2014, RM Auctions auctioned a 1967 model in Monterey for $ 1.045 million. One thing is clear, the Toyota 2000 GT is by far the most beautiful and expensive classic Japanese.

Isolde Holderied drives the Japanese super sports car at the Silvretta Classic. Born in Oberammergau, she twice won the women's championship in the World Rally Championship and is a six-time winner of the women's championship at the Monte Carlo Rally. She arrows through the Montafon together with co-driver Tom Fux, Managing Director of Toyota Germany.

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