The Toyota 2000GT is perhaps the best sports car you’ve never heard of. Developed in conjunction with Yamaha, this slinky 2-passenger coupe packed a 2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with a cast-iron block and double overhead cams, good for 150 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and a top speed of over 135 mph.
The luxurious interior fittings, including a rosewood veneer dashboard and a signal-seeking radio, were described as “up to par for a luxurious GT — an impressive car in which to sit or ride, or simply admire.” The 2000GT was the Japanese E-type, a car that could run against the best that Europe had to offer and, frankly, win, and it has been credited with establishing the Toyota name as a force to be reckoned with in the automotive world.
Unfortunately, the 2000GT has never achieved the same fame outside of Japan as its European brethren, in large part because only 354 were built, and very few were exported outside of its home country. As its wonders have begun to achieve recognition in recent years, surviving examples have become highly prized, and today, the 2000GT is universally described as the most collectible, desirable, and valuable Japanese automobile ever produced.
Don Davis’ 2000GT is very special, as it is one of only 62 left-hand-drive examples produced and is an original U.S.-delivery car. Previously restored to high standards, it has undergone significant work to improve its authenticity, including painting the inside of the headlamp buckets black, applying the correct gray finish around the side window surrounds, finishing the wheels in the correct color, and taking the Toyota down to bare metal and respraying the body its original Bellatrix Yellow.
This car is without a doubt the finest and most authentic 2000GT to come to market in recent years, and as such, it is an outstanding and virtually unrepeatable example of a car that has only grown ever difficult to find as its greatness has begun to be recognized. If the world is fair, there will be a time in the future when the collections that require a Daytona, a Miura and a Ghibli also demand a 2000GT.