The Degeneve family has been dealing in classic cars for four generations. In 1971 the grandfather, Jean-Pierre, began selling Toyotas in France, making Degeneve dealership the oldest Toyota franchise in the country. Before cars, the family ran a successful bicycle business, but Jean-Pierre was always into classic sports machines. However, despite having owned and experienced the creme de la creme of cars in period, most notably a Ferrari Daytona, his most beloved was the 1967 Toyota 2000GT.
“At the time, it was very avant-garde,” Degeneve recalls in his interview with . “It was incredibly sleek, light and very fast. For 1967, it was quite ahead of its time.” That is why, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Degeneve’s grandsons tracked down a 2000GT and gifted it to him. In the background of the video are the Degeneve family’s various Toyotas, including a Sports 800, N2 KP61 Starlet, FJ45 Land Cruiser, and at least two daruma Celicas, one stock and one in Toyota Team Europe rally spec. It’s a beautiful car, beautifully shot, and most of all, a beautiful story.