The Only Japanese Car That James Bond Has Driven

One of the world’s most sought after sports cars in existence, the 1967 Toyota 2000GT, graces the auction blocks of RM Sotheby’s with ultra-rare solar red paint coat.

Seizing the opportunity to shed its reputation of producing conservatively designed automobiles, Japanese manufacturer, Toyota took a chance on the Yamaha Motor Company’s first-ever sports car. Dubbed the “best sports car you’ve never heard of”, the 1967 Toyota 2000GT is a sleek two-passenger coupe, incorporates a two-liter inline six-cylinder engine with a cast iron block and double overhead cams.

The 1967 Toyota 2000GT is The Only Japanese Car That James Bond Has Driven

Heavily influenced by the Jaguar E-Type, the Toyota 2000GT is equipped to run at over 7,000 rpm with 150hp, and a top speed of at least 135mph. Fit with a rosewood veneer dashboard and a signal-seeking radio, the 2000GT is a highly exclusive, luxurious and supersonic force to be reckoned with.

With a production of only 351 examples, and a mere 62 authentic and surviving left-hand-drives, the 1967 Toyota 2000GT has earned its title as one of the world’s most sought after sports cars in existence – gracing the auction blocks of RM Sotheby’s with an overhauled engine and suspension, an upgraded electric brake booster, completely custom-fabricated cooling system, and an ultra-rare solar red paint coat.