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.