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Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT

It was as good a sports car as any automaker could Coming from a Japanese with no sporting tradition, the 2000GT was simply astonishing.


had been building cars for 30 but they’d been mundane of high reliability, little and no soul. A world-class Grand automobile would do wonders for its

The solution started as a sports-car built by Yamaha for Toyota’s Nissan. Heavily involved in the was Count Albrecht Goertz, who had the BMW 507. When Nissan down the prototype, Yamaha it to Toyota, which, after slight changes, unveiled it at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Sales began in 1967.

Outsized driving lights awkward pop-up headlamps the nose, but the aluminum-bodied two-seat was otherwise a fresh blend of elements. The steel backbone and independent suspension were by the Lotus Elan. Rack-and-pinion four-wheel disc brakes first on a Japanese production and magnesium-alloy road wheels de rigueur in Europe but unheard of in an Power came from a 2.0-liter dohc conversion of the sohc inline-six from big Crown sedan.

Toyota 2000GT

The interior had decent room for two adults, though just 4.8 feet of luggage space. however, was luxurious for a sports car of the full instrumentation in a rosewood a modern heating/ventilating system, AM radio, rally clock/stopwatch, steering wheel, and a comprehensive kit.

The 2000GT appeared in 1965 independent suspension, four-wheel and a gritty twincam 2.0-liter Just 337 were made.

Low precluded volume sales at a price, but the car was the image-maker Toyota Acceleration was very good for the power, and overall behavior was When it comes to ride and nobody in his right mind need or want more in a vehicle than the 2000GT has to said Road Track in 1967. Prototypes did well in sports-car races, and Carroll competition group developed 2000GTs into 250-hp C-production winners. For good a couple of convertibles were run off for the Bond film You Only Twice. Overall, though, the was just

a bit ahead of its time: The world was not ready for a Japanese GT at Jaguar

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