1967 Toyota 2000GT
- Chassis: MF10-10193
- One of 84 Left-Hand-Drive Models
- 2k Kilometers (~1,400 Miles) Shown, TMU
- Refurbishment in 2014
- Numbers-Matching, Overbored 1,988cc Inline-Six
- Triple Mikuni-Solex Carburetors
- Five-Speed Manual Transmission
- Limited-Slip Differential
- Solar Red
- Black Vinyl Upholstery
- Magnesium Alloy Wheels
- Servo-Assisted Disc Brakes
- Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
- Spent ~30 Years in Emil Frey Collection
- Copy of Swiss Wagenkarte
- Invoices Dating to 1990s
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT is one of 351 examples built during a three-year production run and one of just 84 configured in left-hand drive. Chassis 10193 was imported to Switzerland in January 1969 through Swiss Toyota importer Emil Frey and delivered new to Geneva dealer Grand Garage des Nations, who sold it to its first owner in 1971. The car is said to have been purchased by Toyota Switzerland AG in the early 1980s and used for promotional purposes before undergoing a refurbishment in 1993 that included a repaint in its original shade of Solar Red. It resided in the Emil Frey collection in Safenwil for approximately 30 years, undergoing an additional refurbishment in 2014 that included a rebuild and overbore of the numbers-matching 1,988cc DOHC inline-six, a refresh of the black vinyl interior, and overhauls of the brake and suspension systems. The car was acquired by its current owner in 2015 and imported to the US. Equipment includes triple Mikuni-Solex carburetors, a five-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, and 15” magnesium wheels. This MF10L is now offered on dealer consignment in Texas with a copy of its Swiss Wagenkarte, service invoices dating back to the 1990s, refurbishment photos, and a clean Arizona title.
The 2000GT was developed as a collaboration between Toyota and Yamaha, and its assembly was carried out by hand at the latter’s Iwata factory. After debuting in prototype form at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, the model entered production in February 1967. Construction incorporated an X-shaped backbone-style chassis wrapped in bodywork styled by Toyota’s Satoru Nozaki with its roof standing under 46” at its highest point.
Originally finished in Solar Red, the car was reportedly repainted in blue during the early years of its life. The body was returned to its factory shade in the 1980s before a 1993 refurbishment. Work during the 2014 refurbishment performed by Roos Engineering in Safenwil included rust repairs on the left A-pillar and sill as well as various other cosmetic touchups and replacement of the rubber body seals.
Magnesium alloy center-lock wheels were refurbished in 2014 and are wrapped in 185/70 R15 Avon tires. An overhaul of the brake system at that time included rebuilds of the calipers, booster, and master cylinder as well as resurfacing of the discs and replacement of the hoses and pads. The suspension system was also refreshed with new shock absorbers all around.
The cabin was reupholstered in 2014 with black vinyl accented by knitted inserts over the seats and color-matched trim over the doors and console. The rosewood veneer dash trim was also refurbished at that time. Color-matched carpeting covers the floors and rear cargo area, and additional features include a wood shift knob, an L-shaped handbrake lever protruding through the dash, a locking glovebox, and a storage cubby in the center tunnel.
The wood-rimmed steering wheel is situated on the left side of the cockpit and frames a 250-km/h speedometer and a tachometer with a 7k-rpm redline. The five-digit odometer shows approximately 2k kilometers (~1,400 miles), a few of which were added under current ownership. Total mileage is unknown. The center stack hosts a quintet of auxiliary gauges as well as a push-button AM radio above a Jeco clock and dual-faced rally timer with stop/start and reset buttons.
The 1,988cc 3M inline-six combines a cast-iron block with a Yamaha-designed aluminum cylinder head incorporating dual overhead camshafts and hemispherical combustion chambers, while induction is through three Mikuni-Solex carburetors. A 2014 rebuild included machining of the block, boring the cylinders, balancing of the crankshaft, the installation of oversized pistons, and the replacement of the connecting rods and bearings. Results of dynamometer testing following the rebuild are shown in the photo gallery below.
Engine number 10234 is shown stamped on the block, matching the number listed on the Wagenkarte.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an all-synchromesh five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential, the latter of which was resealed in 2014.
The Wagenkarte lists the original colors and engine number, as well as tinted windows and a radio. Grand Garage is listed as the handling dealer and is also listed on a 1970 Toyota AG Urdorf-Zürich registration card and a 1,500km service voucher. An April 1970 service invoice for replacement of the antenna is shown in the gallery below along with invoices from the 2014 refurbishment, additional receipts dating back to the 1990s, and a handful of photographs showing refurbishment work.