Toyota 2000GT Totally Destroyed by Fallen Tree
The Toyota 2000GT, an iconic car that has cemented its place in automobile history as one of Japan’s most important supercars.
Only 351 were reportedly made between 1967 and 1970, which makes this tragedy even more devastating. Thankfully, the driver escaped with only minor industries, but his pride and joy fared a lot worse.
The extremely unfortunate accident is reported to have happened in the Toyoma Prefecture’s Gokoyama area. The rotten tree was either very jealous of the 28-year-old man’s million –dollar sports car or it simply chose the absolute worse time to succumb to the rot that it was riddled with.
Made famous by the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, the Toyota 2000GT represented the coming of age for the Japanese auto industry.
As we recently reported, a 1967 Toyota 2000GT fetched a whopping $1.2 million at auction in May 2013 – which, according to Hagerty’s Price Guide, makes it the most expensive Toyota ever sold.
But what makes the 2000GT so special and command such a dizzying price tag? Well, it’s certainly not the performance: 0-60 in over 8 seconds – some modern hybrids boast faster times.
It seems that speed wasn’t the primary consideration – styling was – and even today, the 2000GT is still one of the best looking cars to come out of Japan; even if it does bear a striking resemblance to the E-type Jaguar.
It proved to the western world that Japan could build cars that were as beautiful as anything they could produce.
And now that there is one less in the world, other 2000GT owners will be treating theirs with kid gloves to ensure that another premature demise doesn’t occur.
If you think you can handle it, here is a video that shows the devastation: