by Mike –
The Toyota 2000GT was Toyota’s, and Japan’s, first grand touring car and first super car.
First shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965, the 2000GT was produced for Toyota by Yamaha between 1967 and 1970. It was well received by the press, and the public and today is highly collectable.
Toyota 2000GTs are rare because only 354 were made between 1967 and 1970, this includes three made for Carroll Shelby to race in SCCA races.
The body is made of aluminum the headlights are pop-up and there are plexiglas covered driving lights on either side of the grille.
Toyota 2000GT Engine
The engine is a 2-liter straight-6 based on the engine for the Toyota Crown sedan. Yamaha reworked the engine into a double overhead camshaft 150 hp GT engine. A later model had a 2.3-liter engine. The transmission is a manual 5-speed and this Toyota could reach 135-140 MPH. All four wheels had power-assisted disc brakes.
Bond, James Bond
The 2000GT was in the James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice, as a convertible because Sean Connery could not fit into the coupe. The two cars used in the movie were not actually convertibles because they did not have a top but were made to look like they had a convertible top in the down position.
Toyota 2000GTs Are Valuable
Today the Toyota 2000GT is a rare car especially a left hand drive model because they only made 75. They are probably the first, and certainly the most desirable, Japanese collector car, which means they are expensive.
The latest issue of the Hagerty Price Guides lists a condition 1 2000GT at between $630,000 and $820,000 depending on the model.
The red 2000GT was photographed at the Carmel Concours On The Avenue in 2011 and the white 2000GT was photographed at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in 2010. Both of these cars are left hand drive cars.
Yamaha made all of the 2000GTs. Why do you think that Toyota needed the help of Yamaha to make their first GT car?
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