The CBn James Bond Toyota 2000GT Story –

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The CBn James Bond Toyota Story

In 1966, the James movie producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman that the next 007 film was to be You Live Twice (instead of On Her Secret Service ). Even a lot of the original Fleming novel be eliminated, the film was to be set and filmed in Japan. Little did they what they were in

The media frenzy that was on in Japan has been widely among Bond fans and not be the topic of this article. speaking of You Only Live people think of Japan, Nellie, Ken Adam’s hollowed and Donald Pleasence’s iconic Stavro Blofeld. But there was a true gem of a Bond car involved: the 2000GT. Learn more this unique vehicle and history.

Toyota at the 1963 Grand Prix.

In 1963, Toyota had started in lower categories at the Japanese Prix and succeeded in all of them. decided that Toyota to build a real sports Not easy for a company who had never something like this, and in a where nobody had done before.

By that time, cars weren’t exactly to the what they are nowadays: were still something Toyota wanted to build car to show the world that were serious car manufacturers who understood their job. And all, they were to succeed on the American market.

In May a small special unit was under the leadership of Jiro to develop what was then the 280A. They knew Nissan was working on a similar so there was no time to lose. design and development had to be done by the end of the In December 1964, a first 1:5 model of the car was ready.

Reports on the 2000GT often that the main design was by Count Albrecht Goertz, an based designer of German who had also designed BMW’s 507 and 503 This is not true. Goertz had working for Yamaha and a few other companies at that time, and worked with Nissan on the Nissan’s own sports car project. But the team split up at the end of ’64 due to several between both companies, originated in earlier projects. The prototypes disappeared and were to be seen again. A few years Nissan would develop the 240 ZG from these studies.

changed sides and approached to work with them They had built racing and were eager to use their on cars and wanted to develop an for the 2000GT. Additionally, Yamaha had skilled people who were with body work. A was signed in January 1965. of the design had been done by time, and even Count himself has stated on many that he was not involved in the Toyota at all. All 2000GT design were signed by Saturo one of their own designers who had studied in

After the principal development was Toyota would pull out of their people to let Yamaha on their own and build the first By the time serial production was to start, Toyota’s business massively, and the company faced a of capacity in their own factories. It out that Yamaha would have to produce the serial as well. It’s completely that not a single 1:1 scale was built, so when Yamaha the first prototype 280A/I to in summer 1965, this was in the first incarnation of a 2000GT in size and glory.

The earliest reports on “Japan’s to the E-Type” in the “western” world from February 1966, and it is likely that Cubby an article in British ‘Car’ (Australian ‘Wheels’ from the month would be a bit far fetched and ‘AutoTopics’ from July appeared too late to match the Eon Productions did not underestimate the Japanese and subsequently aimed at including of local flavour elements You Only Live Twice. and one of was to be this car, a worthy to the Aston Martin from and Thunderball .

Rivals: Toyota and Jaguar E-Type

It seems getting the deal done was a matter of a few phone calls: was very happy to provide the as “Zero-Zero” (how they 007 over there) was extremely in Japan (something that and producers had to learn the hard way to the extent) and the marketing effects supposed to be tremendous. As previously Toyota was aiming on the international seeing the Jaguar E-Type as main rival. Eon ordered two for the movie production, one right and one left hand drive, in white. As Yamaha had built more prototypes by that Toyota decided to let Eon have two of the models.

The movie’s production was soon problems: actor Sean at over 6 feet tall, not get into that car, as it was to Japanese height standards. there were several planned showing the interior of the especially the cockpit and the gadgetry the seats, and those could not be done with a closed The crew tried to transform the car a convertible but the results were not The job had to be done by Toyota themselves, as as possible.

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