This 1969 Toyota 2000GT Restomod Rejuvenates The 60s Lexus LFA

This 1969 Toyota 2000GT Restomod Rejuvenates The 60s Lexus LFA

Toyota’s 2000GT, a timeless grand touring sports car from the 1960s, was one of the company’s most audacious moves to compete with some of the most prominent names in the high-performance automobile industry, including Porsche 356, Jaguar E-Type, and Ferrari 250 GT Coupe. The legendary vehicle has been given a new lease of life in the form of an exclusive HotCars Restomod, featuring a series of unexpected modifications.

Render guru Rostislav Prokop, our in-house expert, has preserved the car’s iconic outline, which still inspires the design of contemporary sports and supercars from Toyota and Lexus. However, the automobile has been given an engine overhaul to meet today’s performance standards.

Toyota launched the 2000GT shortly after introducing its first sports car, the Sports 800, demonstrating for the first time that they could create more than just practical vehicles. Our expert team has put its best foot forward to pay homage to the best 1960s Japanese performance car by breathing new life into it with a retro-modern twist.

The original 2000GT came equipped with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated straight-six engine based on the luxurious Toyota Crown, but with Yamaha’s expertise, it was transformed into a sports tourer worthy of its name. The result was a 1960s Toyota sports car that churned out 148 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Towards the end of its run, nine special models were also fitted with a larger 2.3-liter inline-6 engine, generating 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, and capable of reaching a top speed of up to 135 mph.

The 2000GT Restomod stays true to its old-school roots while also elevating its performance appeal to modern standards, featuring the iconic 2JZ engine from the Mk4 Supra, twin-turbocharged and capable of producing 276 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque.

Prokop, a renowned automobile resto modding specialist, has unveiled its latest creation, a stunningly modernized 2000GT sports car. The iconic Japanese classic has undergone a thorough overhaul, marrying vintage aesthetics with cutting-edge technology and performance enhancements.

Under the hood, the original engine has undergone a significant upgrade, generating an astounding 800 horsepower, and the team is aiming for the coveted 1000 horsepower milestone. The 2000GT also sports a 6-speed stick shift, bringing back the raw driving experience of the good old days.

The front fascia of the restomod boasts LED project pop-up headlamps, while the traditional driving lamps have been replaced with a larger assembly, incorporating a cool LED halo ring light. The side profile features upsized custom JDM wheels and a lowered stance, accentuating the vintage curves of the original design. The rear fascia also sees subtle updates, including LED internals for the old-school taillight assembly.

Prokop has not compromised on aerodynamics, with the addition of an extended front bumper with an integrated splitter, custom air vents on the rear bumper, and a neat lip spoiler, all finished in black. The 2000GT Restomod’s Nardo gray finish, combined with the blacked-out elements, offers a cool contrast that completes the package.

While the restomod is a significant departure from the original, the distinctive silhouette of the 1960s Toyota sports car has been meticulously preserved, thanks to the careful design decisions of Toyota’s Satoru Nozaki. The Prokop team’s ingenious design fusion has elevated the 2000GT Restomod into a highly desirable package, the epitome of modern vintage motoring.