Toyota 2000GT Joins Private Collection To Be Offered For Sale

Toyota 2000GT
Toyota 2000GT

An extremely rare Toyota 2000GT will be included as part of the Elkhart Collection offered for sale without almost any reserve at the collection facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

The stunning and highly desirable Toyota 2000GT is one of only 62 original left-hand-drive, U.S.-market examples and has been kept for over 30 years by original owner and famed American racer Otto Linton.

Gorgeous lines and dubbed by many experts as the ‘the’ best looking Toyota ever produced, the 2000GT broke cover at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965. The curvaceous two-seated beauty even starred in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, albeit with its ‘top’ chopped off, to allow for Sean Connery’s tall frame.

The chosen 2000GT was never actually Toyota’s project. Yamaha, who were recognised for their two-wheeled experience, decided it was time to dip their metaphorical development toes into the sports car sector. The company and Raymond Loewy designed the unit, then presented the concept to Nissan, who decided the idea was not for them.

Toyota 2000GT
Toyota 2000GT

Yamaha then turned to its second choice manufacturer Toyota, who stepped up to the plate and took on what was then a massive gamble in a market they had little experience of.

Restored by noted specialists Maine Line Exotics in original colour Solar Red, the 2000GT joins some of the most significant classics to be offered for sale.

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Elkhart Collection Highlights

This impressive private collection comprising of around 230 motor cars, 30 motorcycles, trucks, trailers and select memorabilia and equipment will be offered almost entirely without reserve and is the culmination of decades of careful and targeted collecting of some of the finest motorcars by a single owner.

The Elkhart assemblage comprises some of the most exceptional marques and models in automotive history including sporting British and Italian cars to microcars, classics, supercars, modern sports cars, 1950s convertibles and coach-built icons.

Elkhart Collection
Some of the Elkhart Collection to be offered without reserve

Meticulously maintained, the collection showcases a tremendous range of marques, led in representation by Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Ford, Ferrari, and more.

Other stand-out lots include an exceptionally rare, Jet Age designed 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia, originally delivered to famed General Motors designer Henry S. Lauve; a striking 1969 Lamborghini Miura upgraded to SV specification; a beautifully restored 1964 Aston Martin DB5 upgraded to Vantage specification; and a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation, “car zero” built to 1963 specification for 2016 after which six more were constructed by Jaguar Classic, this one being the global press car prior to delivery.

A restored 1968 Iso Grifo GL Series I will also be included, tastefully upgraded to the ultimate ‘7-Litri’ specification, alongside a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster, with additional highlights to be announced at a later date.

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s:
“The quality of the cars and the way that the Elkhart Collection has been maintained and looked after is incredible.

“The building that they’ve been housed in is much more than a storage facility and has been designed specifically for the care of collector cars. More than ever, it’s true to say that there is quite literally something for anyone in the collector car hobby within this group of cars, from microcars to classics, the 50s and 60s sports cars, the modern era, and beyond. If there’s something you like, you’ll likely find it in the Elkhart Collection. These cars are all great examples of their kind, meticulously chosen for the collection, and we’re excited to bring them to market almost entirely without reserve for an auction the entire hobby can enjoy.”

Toyota 2000GT Interior
Toyota 2000GT Interior

Additional cars on offer range from a London-to-Brighton veteran and still-eligible 1903 Clement 12/16 HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau, to the Classic Era beauty of a genuine factory-supercharged 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged ‘Sportsman’ Cabriolet, and the unmistakable tailfins of a Hampton Green 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.

The spirited microcar era is led by a rare 1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 ‘Tiger’ and modern supercars are represented by a low-mileage 1993 Jaguar XJ220 and a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition owned from new by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

More information on this auction which takes place 1 – 2 May 2020 can be found via this link.

Auction calendar and information can be found via this link.

Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s.

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