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Many collectors agree that the sleek Toyota 2000 GT looks like a million bucks, but now there’s one worth $2,535,000.
Toyota produced just 351 of the Jaguar E-Type-inspired cars from 1967 through 1970, with a single roadster built for the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice.”
A 2000 GT was also the first Japanese car sold for over $1 million in 2013, but the record-setter is a particularly special one.
It is the first to carry a serialized number and is one of three that were modified by Carroll Shelby for use in SCCA C-Production class racing.
Changes to the car, which is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine engineered by Yamaha, include a racing oil pan, differential cooling, megaphone exhausts, Girling brake calipers, Koni shocks, differential cooling and a switch from a rosewood to aluminum panel in the dashboard. Racing wheels, safety equipment and a gated shifter were also added.
The car had been owned by the seller since 1980 and the identity of its buyer has not yet been revealed.