Toyota is showing off a 2000GT at this year’s edition of the Los Angeles Motor Show. Widely considered the most valuable Japanese car ever built, the 2000GT is parked next to an early Land Cruiser (FJ 25) that we featured yesterday.
The 2000GT was first shown as a prototype at the 1965 edition of the Tokyo Motor Show. Surprisingly well-received by show-goers, it was given the green light for production and developed with input from Yamaha, who was looking for to jointly-develop a sports car after a similar deal with Nissan fell through. The regular-production 2000GT was introduced in 1967, the same year that the model pictured below was built in.
Power for the 2000GT initially came from a 2.0-liter straight-six engine that sent 150 horsepower to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The straight-six was sourced from the luxurious Crown sedan but it was fitted with a dual-overhead cam cylinder head developed by Yamaha.
Toyota’s official records indicate just 337 examples of the 2000GT were built and only 54 of those were imported to the United States. The 2000GT retailed for the lofty sum of $7,320 in the late-1960s.