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The 30 most valuable Japanese cars in history

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Unlike the most valuable cars from other countries, the oldest car in the list of the most valuable Japanese cars was built in 1967
Unlike the most valuable cars from other countries, the oldest car in the list of the most valuable Japanese cars was built in 1967
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RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
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RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
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RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,045,000 at Monterey, 2014
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,045,000 at Monterey, 2014
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,045,000 at Monterey, 2014
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,045,000 at Monterey, 2014
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,045,000 at Monterey, 2014
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,045,000 at Monterey, 2014
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Fort Worth in 2013, creating a record price for a Toyota, and a Japanese car
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Fort Worth in 2013, creating a record price for a Toyota, and a Japanese car
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
The driver display on the Lexus LFA Nürburgring
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The driver display on the Lexus LFA Nürburgring
The interior of the  Lexus LFA Nürburgring
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The interior of the  Lexus LFA Nürburgring
The  Lexus LFA Nürburgring became a "loss-leader" in FMCG parlance, with every single car selling at a loss, despite its not inconsiderable cost.
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The  Lexus LFA Nürburgring became a "loss-leader" in FMCG parlance, with every single car selling at a loss, despite its not inconsiderable cost.
Unlike most cars that sell for more in this price range, the Lexus LFA Nürburgring has all the modern conveniences
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Unlike most cars that sell for more in this price range, the Lexus LFA Nürburgring has all the modern conveniences
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring's prodigious rear spoiler
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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring's prodigious rear spoiler
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring 
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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring 
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring
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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring
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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring is a superbly balanced car
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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring is a superbly balanced car
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring
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The Lexus LFA Nürburgring
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
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Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
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Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
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Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
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Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
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Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
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RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
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Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
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The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
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The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
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The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
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The next Nurburgring package LFA going to auction will be with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January, 2019. This might well become the first million dollar LFA.
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
This 1968 Toyota 2000GT was sold for $683,200 at a Keno Brothers auction in New York in 2015.
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This 1968 Toyota 2000GT was sold for $683,200 at a Keno Brothers auction in New York in 2015.
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by RM-Sothebys in Scottsdale, 2018 for  $665,000
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This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by RM-Sothebys in Scottsdale, 2018 for  $665,000
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
The current record for a Japanese car at auction is held by a Mazda 767B racing car which won its class at Le Mans in 1990, with the race car being sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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The current record for a Japanese car at auction is held by a Mazda 767B racing car which won its class at Le Mans in 1990, with the race car being sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
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This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This 1990 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89 sold for $660,000 | Gooding & Co | Amelia Island, 2015
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This 1990 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89 sold for $660,000 | Gooding & Co | Amelia Island, 2015
Going to auction from the collection of Juan Manuel Fangio II, this car was the most dominant prototype in US motorsport history, winning 14 time from 23 starts and giving Fangio the 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. It also won the 12 Hours of Sebring Race in 1992 and 1993. The car was built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers and when it was retired, it was gifted to Fangio by Toyota. It runs a turbocharged 2.1 liter DOHC four with fuel injection and produced 700 hp in 1992, and 750 hp in 1993.
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Going to auction from the collection of Juan Manuel Fangio II, this car was the most dominant prototype in US motorsport history, winning 14 time from 23 starts and giving Fangio the 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. It also won the 12 Hours of Sebring Race in 1992 and 1993. The car was built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers and when it was retired, it was gifted to Fangio by Toyota. It runs a turbocharged 2.1 liter DOHC four with fuel injection and produced 700 hp in 1992, and 750 hp in 1993.
The most expensive 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring sold at auction to date was auctioned by Gooding & Co at Scottsdale in January, 2018
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The most expensive 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring sold at auction to date was auctioned by Gooding & Co at Scottsdale in January, 2018
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
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Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
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Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
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Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
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Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
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Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
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Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
Only 500 Lexus LFA supercars were built, and only 50 of them were blessed with the Nurburgring package and a $465,000 price tag when they sold in 2012. Thanks to one of them setting a Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap record of 7:14.64 in 2011 (an unofficial record for a production car on non-competition tires), LFA Nurburgring models are now selling for a lot of money. In 2018, two sold for $825,000 and $770,000 respectively, and in 2019 three sold ($885,000, $912,500 and $918,500). You don't need to be a Rhodes Scholar to join those dots!
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Only 500 Lexus LFA supercars were built, and only 50 of them were blessed with the Nurburgring package and a $465,000 price tag when they sold in 2012. Thanks to one of them setting a Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap record of 7:14.64 in 2011 (an unofficial record for a production car on non-competition tires), LFA Nurburgring models are now selling for a lot of money. In 2018, two sold for $825,000 and $770,000 respectively, and in 2019 three sold ($885,000, $912,500 and $918,500). You don't need to be a Rhodes Scholar to join those dots!
The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to this white Cosmo Series at € 138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016). Mazda made much of its racing heritage.
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The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to this white Cosmo Series at € 138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016). Mazda made much of its racing heritage.
The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to this white Cosmo Series at € 138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016). Mazda made much of its racing heritage.
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The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to this white Cosmo Series at € 138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016). Mazda made much of its racing heritage.
Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' pictured above  (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) which fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000 (RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).
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Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' pictured above  (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) which fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000 (RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).
Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' pictured above  (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) which fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothbys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000 (RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).
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Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' pictured above  (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) which fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothbys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000 (RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).
The record for a Fairlady Z 432 is $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with the 1970 Z432R model above selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). The record for the rarer Z432R was claimed at JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) by BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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The record for a Fairlady Z 432 is $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with the 1970 Z432R model above selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). The record for the rarer Z432R was claimed at JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) by BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
Above is the record-setting Fairlady Z 432 which fetched $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). Original 240Z models are now topping $60,000, so while the 432 was twice the cost of a standard model when they were new, that ratio is now more like four-to-one.
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Above is the record-setting Fairlady Z 432 which fetched $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). Original 240Z models are now topping $60,000, so while the 432 was twice the cost of a standard model when they were new, that ratio is now more like four-to-one.
Above is the record-setting Fairlady Z 432 which fetched $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). Original 240Z models are now topping $60,000, so while the 432 was twice the cost of a standard model when they were new, that ratio is now more like four-to-one.
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Above is the record-setting Fairlady Z 432 which fetched $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). Original 240Z models are now topping $60,000, so while the 432 was twice the cost of a standard model when they were new, that ratio is now more like four-to-one.
Above is the engine from the record-setting Fairlady Z 432 which fetched $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). Original 240Z models are now topping $60,000, so while the 432 was twice the cost of a standard model when they were new, that ratio is now more like four-to-one.
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Above is the engine from the record-setting Fairlady Z 432 which fetched $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). Original 240Z models are now topping $60,000, so while the 432 was twice the cost of a standard model when they were new, that ratio is now more like four-to-one.
Only 500 Lexus LFA supercars were built, and only 50 of them were blessed with the Nurburgring package and a $465,000 price tag when they sold in 2012. Thanks to one of them setting a Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap record of 7:14.64 in 2011 (an unofficial record for a production car on non-competition tires), LFA Nurburgring models are now selling for a lot of money - one sold for $825,000 in January (2018), and another for $770,000 in April.
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Only 500 Lexus LFA supercars were built, and only 50 of them were blessed with the Nurburgring package and a $465,000 price tag when they sold in 2012. Thanks to one of them setting a Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap record of 7:14.64 in 2011 (an unofficial record for a production car on non-competition tires), LFA Nurburgring models are now selling for a lot of money - one sold for $825,000 in January (2018), and another for $770,000 in April.
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This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
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This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
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This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
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This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
This is the first 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. The car is one of 100 cars customized to be part of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series, with special paint, wheels and other component highlights, though the performance will be the same as other 471-hp LC 500s with a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. The big difference is that this car bears VIN 100001, and carbon-fiber scuff plates imprinted with “LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1.”2
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The first of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series with VIN 100001
This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
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This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
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This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
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This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
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This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
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This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
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This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
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This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
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This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
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This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
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This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
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This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
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This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
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This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
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This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
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This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
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This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
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This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
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This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
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This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
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Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
The sales performance chart of the Nissan/Datsun 240Z on BaT from 2015-2019.
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The sales performance chart of the Nissan/Datsun 240Z on BaT from 2015-2019.
Unlike the most valuable cars from other countries, the oldest car in the list of the most valuable Japanese cars was built in 1967
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Unlike the most valuable cars from other countries, the oldest car in the list of the most valuable Japanese cars was built in 1967
Online auction website "Bring a Trailer" has facilitated the sale of a 1971 Datsun 240Z which closed at a record price of $310,000
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Online auction website "Bring a Trailer" has facilitated the sale of a 1971 Datsun 240Z which closed at a record price of $310,000
$173,600 | 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa | RM-Sotheby’s | Amelia Island, March, 2019.
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$173,600 | 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa | RM-Sotheby’s | Amelia Island, March, 2019.
1973 Nissan SKYLINE 2000 GT-R | ¥ 47,300,000 (US$432,148) | Best Heritage Auctions, Tokyo | January, 2020
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1973 Nissan SKYLINE 2000 GT-R | ¥ 47,300,000 (US$432,148) | Best Heritage Auctions, Tokyo | January, 2020
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Japanese cars have never done well on the auction block. The record price for an Italian car is $48.4 million, for a German car $31.1 million, $22.5 million for a British car, $22.0 million for an American car, and $10.4 million for a French car ... while the Japanese record is just $2.1 million.

The reasons for that vast discrepancy are many. Elite Japanese supercars have been few, relatively recent, and they were invariably made in such numbers that scarcity, the other factor required to achieve a high price at auction, has rarely come into play.

The corollary to this is that there's an absolute cornucopia of eminently collectable Japanese classics that are an order of magnitude cheaper than Italian cars of roughly equal performance – at least for now. The obvious trends emerging at present show generational change in the collector car market with new attitudes and a new set of dream cars are fulfilling their destiny. To the outgoing generation of collectors, "Made in Japan" had negative connotations, but Japanese brand values to this new generation mean "reliable", "fast", "economical" and "easy to work on."

Subaru's WRX series, Nissan's 240+ Z series, the Nissan GT-R dynasty, Toyota's Supra, and Mazda's rotary-engined performance cars were all rewarding cars, but they were built in such numbers that you'd think they'd never be rare enough to command heavyweight collector car prices.

Introduce rarity, and the laws of supply and demand come into play, with the Mazda Cosmo sports car being an example of demand outstripping supply. Three prototypes, 80 pre-production test units, 343 Series I and 833 Series II cars were produced and the Cosmo sold for around $4,100. The Series I cars had a 110 hp 982 cm3 two-rotor Wankel engine and the Series II cars were upgraded to 128 hp, which gave the 940 kg cars a top speed of 115 to 120 mph and a standing quarter mile in the low 15 second bracket.

The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to this white Cosmo Series at € 138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016). Mazda made much of its racing heritage.
The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to this white Cosmo Series at € 138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016). Mazda made much of its racing heritage.

The highest price paid for a Series I Cosmo so far is $264,000 (Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2016) with the second highest price going to another white Cosmo Series I at €138,000 ($187,415 | Bonhams | Paris, 2016).

Nissan's Z-car dynasty

The record for a Fairlady Z 432 is $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with the 1970 Z432R model above selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). The record for the rarer Z432R was claimed at JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) by BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
The record for a Fairlady Z 432 is $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with the 1970 Z432R model above selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017). The record for the rarer Z432R was claimed at JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) by BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020

Nissan's Z dynasty sold in great numbers, with 520,000 of the original 240Z sold around the world, the first sportscar to sell in such numbers and it is still the world's top selling sportscar and most likely always will be. The best-known high-value production variant of the Fairlady is the Z432 which uses the drivetrain from the third generation Skyline 2000GT-R. The 160 hp 4-valve DOHC six is named "432" for its 4 valves, 3 carburettors, and 2 camshafts.

This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020

Only 420 were built and they were all originally sold in Japan where they are closely held and hence rarely get to auction. The record for a Fairlady Z 432 is $253,000 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015) with another 1970 model selling for $170,500 (RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2017).

There is an even rarer variant of the Fairlady Z432 that was built for racing - the Z432R - and one of these homologation specials went to auction in January 2020 at Tokyo's Best Heritage Auctions, selling for JPY¥885,500 (US$809,022), the first time that any model of the car that democratized sportscars had moved into the top 20 Japanese car prices of all-time.

Online auction website "Bring a Trailer" has facilitated the sale of a 1971 Datsun 240Z which closed at a record price of $310,000
Online auction website "Bring a Trailer" has facilitated the sale of a 1971 Datsun 240Z which closed at a record price of $310,000

Perhaps the most interesting recent trend is the performance of the standard 240Z at auction. When we first produced this list in 2018, perfect examples of the original 240Z were selling for $50,000 to $60,000, but the sale this week on Bring a Trailer (BaT) of a 21,000-mile 1971 Series I 240Z for $310,000, brought to light a clear trend - the 240Z is clearly on the rise.

The sales performance chart of the Nissan/Datsun 240Z on BaT from 2015-2019.
The sales performance chart of the Nissan/Datsun 240Z on BaT from 2015-2019.

BaT provided a chart of its 240Z sale prices over recent years, and although it's only one auction house, the sales prices clearly show a significant increase in top sales for the pristine 240Z cars over the last 12 months. Indeed, 10 of the top 11 240Z prices happened during 2019.

Nissan's GT-R heritage cars

Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' pictured above  (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) which fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000 (RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).
Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' pictured above  (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) which fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000 (RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).

Yet another collectible from the Nissan stable is the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R with fabled limited edition cars such as the 'Hakosuka' (1,115 produced from 1970 and 1972) that fetched $242,000 (RM-Sothbys | Monterey, 2016) and the 1973 'Kenmeri' (197 examples produced in 1973) that sold for $176,000(RM-Sotheby's | Monterey, 2015).

1973 Nissan SKYLINE 2000 GT-R | ¥ 47,300,000 (US$432,148) | Best Heritage Auctions, Tokyo | January, 2020
1973 Nissan SKYLINE 2000 GT-R | ¥ 47,300,000 (US$432,148) | Best Heritage Auctions, Tokyo | January, 2020

In early 2020, a low mileage, very original 'Kenmeri' sold at Best Heritage Auctions in Tokyo for ¥ 47,300,000 (US$432,148), indicating that the origins of the GT-R badge will be respected by collectors, in just the same way that the original Porsche and Ferrari performance cars have been.

Toyota's Mk IV Supra Twin Turbo shows signs of auction block stardom

$173,600 | 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa | RM-Sotheby’s | Amelia Island, March, 2019.
$173,600 | 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa | RM-Sotheby’s | Amelia Island, March, 2019.

Toyota’s Supra developed quite a following across four generations of the GT car produced between 1978 to 2002, though the twin turbo variant of the final generation was a beast, and became the dream car of many enthusiasts who are now financially capable of buying whatever they want. People buy their dreams, some recent indicators suggest that the MkIV TT features in quite a few dreams.

Though a niche vehicle by Japanese car standards, more than 45,000 Mk IV Supra were produced, and U.S. sales of the Supra Mk IV Twin Turbo were around 7,000 units. Just the same, even with a supply as generous as that, RM-Sotheby’s sold a pristine 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa for $173,600 at Amelia Island in 2019. The car was low mileage but had no particular provenance to commend it, yet it still nearly took the Supra Mk IV price record held by the 1993 Supra driven by Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner) in The Fast and The Furious (2001) movie that sold at a Mecum auction for $185,000. What's more, another low mileage (7,000 miles) 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo sold for $121,000 in January, 2019 on BaT.

The most expensive non-charity Japanese car so far is...

This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.

Dealing with the charity cars separately, the current record for a Japanese car at auction is held by a Mazda 767B racing car which won its class at Le Mans in 1990, with the race car being sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.

The Group C race car is one of just three built by Mazda, and was twice a factory entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its class in 1990. The desirability of the car is further enhanced by its competitiveness in vintage racing, where its potent 2.6 liter four-rotor Wankel (rotary) engine pushes out 630 hp. Being eligible for the most prestigious classic racing events around the world is very desirable, but this is competitive too.

The new car charity auction

Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2017 Acura NSX, VIN #001 for $1.2 million at Scottsdale in January 2016

The three most expensive Japanese production cars ever sold at auction were all sold to the benefit of charity, which to some extent, detracts from their auction block performance. All three were VIN #001 examples, being the first-off-the-production line 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible, the first of the fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra and the first example of the second-generation Acura NSX.

The relatively recent practice of auctioning new cars for charity appears to be a non-zero-sum-game where significant gains can be made by all concerned, and the biggest winners are those who need it most. Everybody wins.

Our recent feature article "The spectacular rise of the new car charity auction", explains the forces at play in the charity auction market, and how cars that sell for $X on the showroom floor, can sell for 10X at a charity auction, and the recently recognized monetizable lure of having the very first of a species of car (that is, Vin #001). The top 40 cars sold for charity list is truly a site to behold.

Just the same, several of most expensive Japanese production cars ever sold at auction were designed and built in America, indicating that globalization is also beginning to blur the lines of marque nationality.

Toyota's 2000GT takes 18 of the top 30 places

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Fort Worth in 2013, creating a record price for a Toyota, and a Japanese car
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Fort Worth in 2013, creating a record price for a Toyota, and a Japanese car

The meat of the Japanese collector car for the last decade or two has been Toyota's 2000GT. There are 18 2000GTs in the top 30 most valuable Japanese cars ever sold. Two cars share the $1.155 million highest price ever paid for the model at auction being a yellow 1967 model 2000GT sold at RM-Sothebys (Fort Worth 2013) and Gooding & Co (Pebble Beach, 2014).

Just 351 Toyota 2000GTs were made in 1967 and 1968 and that balance of scarcity, exquisite beauty and the Toyota name mean the 2000GT will most likely continue to appreciate indefinitely. Toyota is the world's largest car producer, and it will be in contention to be the world's largest personal transport company for the foreseeable future, so there is little doubt the Toyota (nee Lexus) brand will continue to dominate this listing, and the most plentiful model in the top 100 will continue to be the 2000GT.

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 

The 2000GT was powered by a two-liter, 148 hp DOHC six developed by Toyota in conjunction with Yamaha. The aim from the outset was to build a hero car and the development costs of the sleek, balanced 2000GT reflected in the price despite undoubted subsidies from the parent company. Most 2000GTs still live in Japan and only around 60 cars were exported to America, where at $6,800, it was more expensive then a Porsche 911 or E-Type Jaguar.

Such low availability finally pushed pricing past the million dollar barrier in 2013, with three more million dollar sales in 2014 making a total of four 2000GTs that have sold for more than a million: $1,001,844 (€728.000) by RM-Sothebys (Monaco, 2014) and $1,045,000 RM-Sothebys (Monterey, 2014) plus the two that sold for $1,115,000 apiece. There will be many more is the world collector car market moves into its next phase.

Lexus LFA: Japan's most significant supercar

The Lexus LFA Nürburgring is a superbly balanced car
The Lexus LFA Nürburgring is a superbly balanced car

Only 500 Lexus LFA supercars were built, and only 50 of them were blessed with the Nürburgring performance package and a $465,000 price tag when they sold in 2012. Thanks to one of them setting a Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap record of 7:14.64 in 2011 (an unofficial record for a production car on non-competition tires), LFA Nürburgring models are now selling for a lot of money and threaten to sell for a lot more in the future. In 2018, two sold for $825,000 and $770,000 respectively, and in 2019 three sold ($885,000, $912,500 and $918,500). You don't need to be a Rhodes Scholar to join those dots!

Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package record lap at the Nürburgring 2011

To say that the Lexus LFA has been under appreciated as a supercar is an understatement. Auction prices have been suppressed because many remained "unsold" on American dealer books, who knew the $465,000 sell price had been significantly subsidized by Lexus in its quest to go over-the-top in building a real supercar.

Here's how the list of top-selling Japanese cars looks today:

30 | $550,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

2018 Monterey Car Week Auction Report | 1967 Toyota 2000 GT | Sold for $550,000 | Estimate: from $800,000 to $1,000,000 | Auction: Gooding & Co | Lot 166 | Official Description
2018 Monterey Car Week Auction Report | 1967 Toyota 2000 GT | Sold for $550,000 | Estimate: from $800,000 to $1,000,000 | Auction: Gooding & Co | Lot 166 | Official Description

Gooding & Co | Monterey, 2018

29 | $560,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.
Sold for $560,000 by Bring A Trailer in December, 2016, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT was subject to a 4,000+ hour restoration which cost $172,000.

Bring a Trailer | Houston, 2016

28 | $660,000 | 1990 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89

This 1990 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89 sold for $660,000 | Gooding & Co | Amelia Island, 2015
This 1990 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89 sold for $660,000 | Gooding & Co | Amelia Island, 2015

Gooding & Co | Amelia Island, 2015

27 | $665,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by RM-Sothebys in Scottsdale, 2018 for  $665,000
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by RM-Sothebys in Scottsdale, 2018 for  $665,000

RM-Sothebys | Scottsdale, 2018

26 | $683,200 | 1968 Toyota 2000GT

This 1968 Toyota 2000GT was sold for $683,200 at a Keno Brothers auction in New York in 2015.
This 1968 Toyota 2000GT was sold for $683,200 at a Keno Brothers auction in New York in 2015.

Keno Auctions | New York, 2015

25 | $750,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)
This 1967 Toyota 2000GT was sold by Mecum for $750,000 in 2017 at Indianapolis. The car had been to auction twice previously at Kissimmee 2017 (high bid $725,000) and Monterey, 2016 (high bid $700,000)

Mecum | Indianapolis, 2017

24 | $751,775 (JPY¥83,600,000) | 1970 Toyota 2000GT

This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018
This 1970 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo for JPY83,600,000 ($751,775) in January, 2018

BH Auction | Tokyo, 2018

23 | $770,000 | 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018
Barrett-Jackson sold this 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring for $770,000 at Palm Beach, in April, 2018

Barrett-Jackson | Palm Beach, 2018

22 | $797,500 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT at Amelia Island in March 2016 for $797,500

RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2016

21 | $803,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $803,000 at Monterey, 2015

Gooding & Co | Monterey, 2015

20 | $809,022 (JPY¥885,500) 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432

This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R became the most expensive 240Z in history when it sold for JPY¥885,500 ($809,022) at BH Auction in Tokyo on January 12, 2020

BH Auction | Tokyo, 2020

Between 30 and 50 Z432R units were built for racing, with weight reduced by more than 100 kg, facilited by the use of a fibreglass bonnet, an outer body shell 0.2 mm thinner than the Z432 and side/rear windows of lightweight acrylic. The 100-liter fuel tank in the Z432R run was built for endurance racing, being considerably larger than the standard 60-liter model.

19 | $820,059 (JPY¥88,000,000) | 1969 Toyota 2000GT

This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)
This 1969 Toyota 2000GT was sold by BH Auction in Tokyo on September 8, 2019, fetching JPY¥88,000,000 ($820,059)

BH Auction | Tokyo, 2019
Only 337 units of the Toyota 2000GT (Model MF10) were produced between 1967 to 1970, powered by at the Toyota Crown’s 2000cc straight-6 engine but topped with a high-performance DOHC head designed by Yamaha. The engine produced 150ps @ 6600rpm, and was mated with either a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission.

Expecting great public acceptance of the 2000GT, Toyota began developing a SOHC 2300cc model with Left-Hand-Drive for the North American market. Equipped with three Solex carburettors and producing 140 ps @5800 rpm, nine prototypes were produced before the project was cancelled. This vehicle is the first 2300cc prototype produced, and one of two three-speed automatic models produced.

Wearing chassis number MF12L-100001, the importance of this car cannot be overestimated, as MF12L-100002 was retained by Toyota Motor Company for its heritage collection, and chassis no. MF12L-100006 is in the Toyota USA Automotive Museum.

eq 17 | $825,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GTfor $825,000 at Monterey in 2015 as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio:

RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2015

eq 17 | $825,000 | 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

The most expensive 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring sold at auction to date was auctioned by Gooding & Co at Scottsdale in January, 2018
The most expensive 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring sold at auction to date was auctioned by Gooding & Co at Scottsdale in January, 2018

Gooding & Co | Scottsdale, 2018

16 | $880,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $880,000 at Amelia Island, 2015

RM-Sothebys | Amelia Island, 2015

15 | $885,000 | 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions
This 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package was sold by RM-Sotheby's for $885,000 in Scottsdale during the January, 2019 auctions

RM-Sotheby's | Scottsdale, 2019

14 | $912,500 | 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019
This 2012 Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Performance Package sold for $912,500 at RM-Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in March, 2019

RM-Sotheby's | Amelia Island, 2019

13 | $918,500 | 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

$918,500 | 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION | Auction Link: Barrett-Jackson
$918,500 | 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION | Auction Link: Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson | Scottsdale, 2019

12 | $925,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015
Mecum sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $925,000 at Indianapolis, 2015

Mecum | Indianapolis, 2015

11 | $935,000 | 1968 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013
RM-Sothebys sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $935,000 at Monterey, 2013

RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2013

10 | $968,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $968,000 at its December, 2013 New York auction. 

RM-Sothebys | New York, 2013

9 | $1,001,844 (€728,000) | 1968 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction
RM-Sothebys  sold this 1968 Toyota 2000GT for $1,001,844 (€728.000) at its  Monaco, 2014 auction

RM-Sothebys | Monaco, 2014

eq 7 | $1,045,000 | 1992 AAR/Toyota Eagle Mk III GTP

Going to auction from the collection of Juan Manuel Fangio II, this car was the most dominant prototype in US motorsport history, winning 14 time from 23 starts and giving Fangio the 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. It also won the 12 Hours of Sebring Race in 1992 and 1993. The car was built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers and when it was retired, it was gifted to Fangio by Toyota. It runs a turbocharged 2.1 liter DOHC four with fuel injection and produced 700 hp in 1992, and 750 hp in 1993.
Going to auction from the collection of Juan Manuel Fangio II, this car was the most dominant prototype in US motorsport history, winning 14 time from 23 starts and giving Fangio the 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. It also won the 12 Hours of Sebring Race in 1992 and 1993. The car was built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers and when it was retired, it was gifted to Fangio by Toyota. It runs a turbocharged 2.1 liter DOHC four with fuel injection and produced 700 hp in 1992, and 750 hp in 1993.

Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2014

Going to auction from the collection of Juan Manuel Fangio II, this car was the most dominant prototype in US motorsport history, winning 14 time from 23 starts and giving Fangio the 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. It also won the 12 Hours of Sebring Race in 1992 and 1993. The car was built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers and when it was retired, it was gifted to Fangio by Toyota. It runs a turbocharged 2.1 liter DOHC four with fuel injection and produced 700 hp in 1992, and 750 hp in 1993.

eq 7 | $1,045,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys | Monterey, 2014

eq 5 | $1,155,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Fort Worth in 2013, creating a record price for a Toyota, and a Japanese car
RM-Sothebys sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Fort Worth in 2013, creating a record price for a Toyota, and a Japanese car

RM-Sothebys | Fort Worth, 2013

eq 5 | $1,155,000 | 1967 Toyota 2000GT

Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013
Gooding & Co sold this 1967 Toyota 2000GT for $1,155,000 at Pebble Beach, 2014, matching the previous highest price fetched for a 2000GT by RM-Sothebys at Fort Worth in 2013

Gooding & Co | Pebble Beach, 2014

4 | $1,200,000 | 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001

Barrett-Jackson | Scottsdale, 2016
When the second-generation Acura NSX supercar was ready to hit the market, Acura auctioned off VIN #001 to the benefit of charity.

3 | $1,750,000 | 1989 Mazda 767B

This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.
This Mazda 767B racing car won its class at Le Mans in 1990, and was sold by Gooding & Co at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1,750,000.

Gooding & Co | Amelia Island, 2017
The most expensive Japanese car that wasn't auctioned to the benefit of charity, and it's a rotary-engined race car - the 1989 Mazda 767B. This example, chassis 003, is one of three cars built for the 1989 season. Driven by Yojiro Terada, Marc Duez, and Volker Weidler, it placed third in the GTP class and 12th overall at the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 1989 Fuji 1000 Km, it placed 11th overall and second in the GTP class. In the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans, it finished 20th overall and first in the IMSA GTP class. In the 1990 Fuji 1000 Km, it placed sixth overall and won the GTP class. Fully restored to its 1990 specification, the 767B embodies all that was so exciting and compelling about prototype racing in the 1980s.

2 | $2,000,000 | 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible VIN #100001

This is the first 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. The car is one of 100 cars customized to be part of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series, with special paint, wheels and other component highlights, though the performance will be the same as other 471-hp LC 500s with a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. The big difference is that this car bears VIN 100001, and carbon-fiber scuff plates imprinted with “LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1.”2
This is the first 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. The car is one of 100 cars customized to be part of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series, with special paint, wheels and other component highlights, though the performance will be the same as other 471-hp LC 500s with a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. The big difference is that this car bears VIN 100001, and carbon-fiber scuff plates imprinted with “LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1.”



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Barrett-Jackson | Scottsdale, 2020
This is the first 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. The car is one of 100 cars customized to be part of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series, with special paint, wheels and other component highlights, though the performance will be the same as other 471-hp LC 500s with a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. The big difference is that this car bears VIN 100001, and carbon-fiber scuff plates imprinted with “LC Inspiration Series Launch Exclusive 1 of 1.”

1 | $2,100,000 | 2020 Toyota Supra

This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020
This 2020 Toyota Supra GR is the first one off the production line and wears VIN #20201. It sold for $2,100,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in January, 2020

Barrett-Jackson | Scottsdale, 2019
A collectible car at the beginning of its life, the Toyota Supra's second coming was an opportunity that wasn't missed by Toyota, and the pent up demand for the Supra resulted in the most expensive Japanese car ever sold at auction. Barrett-Jackson pioneered the sale of VIN #001 cars for charity 15 years ago and extracts additional value from these cars, waives its auction fees and charity is the beneficiary. Barrett-Jackson has now facilitated more than $100 million going to charity.

Editor's note, January 31, 2020: This is a fully revised and updated version of an article originally published in October 2018.

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3 comments
guzmanchinky
I know Japanese cars are good, and that they can outperform just about anything. But they don't have any "wow look at that" factor except to people who know what an LFA or a GTR can do. Or gamers.
owlbeyou
We cannot question the Japanese striving for perfection, even if it sometimes fails, but they can be the most dependable cars on the road. As far as values go, to each his own. My favorite ones are the old and new NSX's and the early Land Cruisers.
I never noticed the panels behind the front wheels of the Toyota 2000GT before. Are these access panels to storage compartments?
Nelson Hyde Chick
owlbeyou, one is storage, the other is for the battery.