Here’s your chance to own one of the most important Toyota race cars of all time
Next month during the famous On the weekend of the Amelia Island Concourse in Florida, high-end auction house Gooding & Co. will offer the world’s wealthiest the opportunity to compete for one of the most important race cars in Toyota’s story. Only three Shelby American Toyotas 2000GT C Production racers have never been built and raced, and this one is one of them. Regular road-going 2000GTs tend to sell at or near seven figures, so you can easily expect this one to sell in the millions.
This car bears the chassis number MF10-10001, which means that it is truly the first serial numbered 2000GT ever built. Combine that with the car’s history as an American Shelby race car for the 1968 SCCA C Production class, and you have a lot of amazing cars in one package. It’s not that uncommon to hear the 2000GT being in the conversation for the most beautiful car in history, and I tend to believe that it is. Mix it all up in a pot with a healthy dose of rarity, and you have a recipe for a bidding war.
This car was first retired from racing in the late 1960s and continued as a normal weekend driver. When the car was “discovered” by Maine Line Exotics co-founders Bob Tkacik and Peter Starr in the late 1970s, it still carried most of its Shelby racing parts, including 7×15 magnesium wheels, roll bar, seats and 230 horsepower racing engine. However, some of the original racing parts were missing and it took Maine Line over 15 years to track down and recreate all the parts needed for the full restoration.
After the restoration was completed, the car was kept in Tkacik’s private collection and frequently competed in vintage contests and races around the world. The aging restoration has been so well done, even all these years later, that it won its class at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours. It’s an occasional entrant in major vintage racing events like the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We can only hope that the new owner will continue to release the car for vintage events, because if this car ends up in a display case at a billionaire In the basement of the moron, I’m going for a ride on the cock.
Maine Line allegedly offered the car for sale in 2012 for a whopping $1.7 million, but apparently failed to find a buyer at the time. You can bet that in today’s market they will be looking for a little more money than that. If you have a few million greenbacks burning a hole in your pocket on March 4, be sure to be in Florida for that auction. I guess there’s worse to spending millions. I’d rather have that than any stupid fucking NFT.