AutoSpeed — Toyota 2000GT

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Toyota 2000GT

by Julian Edgar

Think seminal sports cars and likely to remember cars the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the NSX and the Toyota Supra. But what if you had to your mind back a few decades, to a time when the ‘Japanese sportscar’ was an oxymoron? were the earlier breakthroughs? almost a certain bet that then say ‘Datsun 240Z’ the in what has been a phenomenally series of sports cars Nissan, culminating in today’s

But in fact Nissan wasn’t the Toyota with the 2000GT them by years. And with a more exciting machine at

Developed jointly by Yamaha and the 2000GT made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. it took another 2 years it went on sale. It is suggested the origin of the car was a design carried out by US/German designer Albrecht who had designed the BMW 507 and later had a hand in the 240Z. Although built by Goertz had originally penned the car for but they turned it down because its sophistication and cost too high for the production and marketing they were making. then turned to Toyota. who to put the car into production.

The development of the car by Toyota began in being directed by chief Jiro Kiwano. Three were built, each differences in lights and dash The styling presence of the production depended very much on the from which it was viewed. large fixed driving dominated; these were in addition to pop-up headlights. raised, the headlights met US height Chrome bumperettes flanked leading corner of the car.

In the car looked vastly better and elegant, with its bulging and rear wheel arches, a that disappeared seamlessly the lift-up hatch, and a curved edge to the door. The hatches in of the doors concealed openings in the battery, washer bottle and were located.

And from the rear? Again were used, this vertical; these protruded with rubber facings. below were twin exhausts and at either side of the car on the rear tumblehome were reflectors. The 15-inch magnesium and 165/65 tyres looked far too for the styling, a comment also in road tests.

In isolation the looked a far bigger car than it was it’s only when you see standing next to the car that you it’s actually a small just 114cm high. And The 2000GT weighed only

But in addition to the styling, the 2000GT a startling technological statement for Japan. The 2-litre, six-cylinder used the seven bearing rods and M-series block the Crown. However, the sump was an casting and the head was all-new. It was with twin cams and 12 and used hemispherical combustion The valve angle was 79 degrees, the and stroke both 75mm, and the were centrally located.

The had a maximum output of 150hp at rpm and a peak torque of 130 ft-lb at a 5000 rpm. Three carburettors were used. A version was also available it had 45mm Weber carbies, cams and a higher compression to deliver 200hp at a sky-high rpm. Even the street version had twin three-branch, primary exhaust manifolds into twin downpipes.

Backing the 2-litre six was an 8.8-inch followed by an all-synchro, close-ratio manual transmission. Fourth was a 1:1 ratio and fifth a 0.844 A 4.375 limited slip was fitted with both (4.625) and taller (4.111) optionally available.

The chassis was sophisticated, with rack and steering, unequal length A-arm suspension front and and vacuum-boosted four-wheel disc 11 inches in diameter on the front and inches at the back. Indicative of the step being undertaken by this was the first car the company had with rack and pinion Of course coil springs used all ‘round, and the rear were long, adjustable designs. The rear discs conventional outboard designs, than the inboard discs on the rear of the Jaguar E-Type, a car to the 2000GT was compared again and

Toyota 2000GT

Inside the cabin, wood dominated. It sounds bizarre but was the time when all real cars had wood highlights and was at that time the world’s manufacturer of pianos. Instrumentation the two main gauges in front of the a 160 mph speedo and a 9000 rpm tacho at 7000 rpm. A further gauges were situated an expanse of dashboard ammeter, temp, oil temp, oil pressure and level. In addition, the 2000GT was with a self-seeking AM radio, steering wheel, “rally” heated rear window and lights.

The bodywork was not a full instead a deep (up to 250mm in backbone chassis was used, in concept to the Lotus Elan. The was hand-built in aluminium and it was said no two cars were identical. The weight distribution was close to

In addition to being sold in the 2000GT was exported to the US. although only in right-hand drive Road tests there that it would accelerate to 60 mph (98 in 10.0 seconds and go on to a top speed of 128 mph km/h). However, Toyota at the claimed a top speed of “over 220 The standing quarter mile 16.6 seconds.

From our in the next century these look slow, but it’s to note that some road testers were disappointed in the performance.

“It damn well but it looks as if it go better,” said one. with a very high that spelled doom for success. In retrospect it’s that Nissan made the decisions with the 240Z a and simpler engine that about the same power, suspension and brakes, and a simpler of manufacture. All those simplifications up to a cheaper car to build and that sales. And sales and sales.

So the Datusn 240Z might been the big breakthrough in Japanese car development, but it was the Toyota 2000GT really showed what manufacturers were capable of. As now say of it: “The Toyota 2000GT out the message that a high-performance car be made solely by Japanese and brought new confidence to the Japanese makers that would their eventual leap the world markets.”

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