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 |  Dec 20 2012, 9:01 AM

3. 1967 Toyota 2000GT

The last classic on this list is the iconic Toyota 2000GT. Made for only a short period of time from 1967-1970, I believe that the 2000GT was a revolution step for the Japanese automotive industry. Finally, Toyota (whose reputation was, and still is built on cars like the boring, predictable Corolla) was capable of making a car that could go toe-to-toe with the performance giants from Germany, and the exotics from Italy.

Back in 1967 critics loved the car, but even today, I see it as a reminder that everyone, needs to express themselves, and when it comes to a pure product of passion, nothing can go wrong. Today the 2000GT is widely recognized as the first highly collectible Japanese car, with auction prices raising up to the levels of European and American classics. The gorgeous 2000GT made a statement in terms of motorsport as well, with the car winning the Fuji 24-hour race and coming in third at the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix. Also, American motorsport legend Carrol Shelby had a pair of 2000GT’s to compete with, which essentially proves the point that Toyota did it right back in the ’60s. Even cooler was the open-top roadster model, which was featured in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

  • Johnny Tightlips

    What year is this guy living in? There are more cars from the ’60s and ’70s on this list than anything else. Get with it!

  • Acha_larka

    The only intelligent list on here… all the others had stupid cars that don’t even exist.

  • J Mack

    Is it just me or are these lists sorely lacking in awesome American cars? Way to hate America, fuckers.

  • huwtm

    Why was the open top (one off because Connery was to tall for it) cooler? The coupes lines are perfect.