Toyota 2000GT tops a million bucks in Texas

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A 1967 Toyota 2000GT has stunned Fort Worth by making $1,155,000 – nearly double its estimate – at RM’s Don Davis Collection sale on 27 April.

Often referred to as Toyota’s E-type, just 351 examples were built of which 62 were right-hand drive such as this car.

The Toyota had been meticulously restored to its original condition and was showing just 62,000 miles on the clock.

While the 2000GT provided the shock of the day, it was a Ferrari that earned the most money as a 1967 330GTS scooped $1,936,000 – a healthy $500k over its top estimate.

Other Maranello classics that sold on the day included a 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Spider ($1,650,000), a 1971 Daytona coupé ($407,000) and a 1991 Testarossa ($104,500).

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing topped the German cars at a cost of $1,237,500, while two 300SL Roadsters, from 1957 and ’61, made $770,000 and $935,000 respectively. The latter was a desirable disc-braked example, which came with a removable hard-top.

Porsches also had a strong showing with a 1988 959 ‘Komfort’ selling for $770,000 and a 1973 911 Carrera RS Touring making $506,000.

American cars, which formed the majority of the lots, were led by a 1941 Chrysler Newport that was the Indy 500 pace car that same year. The open-top dropped just under its estimate of $900,000-1.2million, making $880,000.

Meanwhile, a 1954 Chrysler GS-1 Special by Ghia that was believed to be one of just two in existence made $616,000.
You can view the full results on RM’s website.

Comments

fergieswatchmaker

Madness!

Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls - there's gonna be a crash.

Chris Martin

As fergieswatchmaker says, it is looking a bit silly and one wonders where it will end or when the next downturn hits. Either there are a lot of people with too much 'new' money or the speculators are at it again. That must surely be a record price for a Toyota, but it takes more than one bidder to hype an auction up, so even if Toyota themselves thought it small change to buy back part of their (limited) heritage who else thought it was worth over a mill'?
And Gullwings are now in seven figures too? We know there are some extreme Ferrari buyers out there, but compared to all that the Chrysler GS1 looks a relative bargain given it's rarity.

 

Marty Mac

In some ways this auction result is a coming of age for Japanese cars. I personally feel that these cars have been overlooked for too long. I've only ever seen one in the flesh and at a car show dominated by mega dollar Ferrari's it was almost ignored, this result should change all that. In classic motorcycle circles many Japanese bikes are quite rightly regarded as classics and the prices reflect this. If this car had been made in Europe probably no comment would have been made. In light of this result collectors should revisit some other early Japanese cars, the Honda S800 springs to mind.

madblue

Loved the 2000GT ever since seeing the open top version in the Bond film 'You Only Live Twice'. Can't believe it's taken this long to get recognised. Just means it's now further out of my reach.

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