The way that most people became familiar with this particular Toyota was in its topless form in “You Only Live Twice” when Toyota chopped the top off of a coupe 2000GT to accommodate Sean Connery’s 6’2” frame. But funnily enough, no convertible models of this car were actually ever sold.
The 2000GT you see here was just recently purchased by vintage race car driver and partner in Gas Monkey Energy, Don Yount. Don was perusing the popular auction site bringatrailer.com just before Christmas and saw a deal that he couldn’t pass up and bought himself a little early Christmas present.
His is a ’67 model with the original Yamaha-built 2.0 litre straight six engine still intact. Of the 351 originally produced between 1967 and 1970, this one has the distinction of being one of the three that was originally sold in Mozambique when it was new. From there it has changed hands quite a few times taking it all around the globe (from Africa to Costa Rica to the UK) before it settled into its new home here in Dallas, TX.
When asked what he was going to do with it, Don simply thought for a second and said, “I don’t know. Want to go do some donuts in it or something?”
So be looking for it running around the Dallas streets!