The 2000GT revolutionized the automotive world's view of Japan. The 2000GT demonstrated that Japanese auto manufacturers could produce a sports car to rival those of Europe, in contrast to Japan's image at the time. The world first saw the Toyota 2000 GT at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show. Production began two years later and continued in limited numbers until 1970. Much of the credit for the Toyota 2000GT goes to Albrecht Goertz, a freelance German-American designer who was a protégé of Raymond Loewy.