Toyota 2000GT spurs Japan’s racing culture — Newsday

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Toyota 2000GT spurs racing culture


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Only a few were built and most left Japan, but the stunning broke new ground for Toyota and the company world-wide respect as an automaker.

How and why this two-seat became so influential is a story as fascinating as the car itself.

In the early the Japanese automobile industry taken seriously outside its market. Most of the cars and being built there odd-looking knock-offs of British and not considered worthy of export to or North America. The few that did it to our shores from the Far East to worry, let alone impress, the -based domestic builders, who only Volkswagen as a threat to outright market supremacy.

In the meantime, some of the major producers planned nothing than a rapid expansion the globe. One such company was which originally exported its under the Datsun label. the need for some type of centerpiece, the company invited in 1963 to create a high-performance touring coupe.

Yamaha, in commissioned German-born stylist Albrecht Goertz, a man who had previously BMW ‘s low-volume and expensive 503 and 507 roadsters back in the mid-1950s. when Nissan executives the initial mock-ups, including a Elan-inspired chassis wrapped in a aluminum body, Yamaha it to Toyota.

The company jumped at the despite the fact that the car not be nearly as cheap to make as the of its other economy-minded lineup. The new car however, make an ideal flagship, showing that could compete on a much scale than anyone had imagined. Interestingly, Nissan later hire Goertz to the hugely successful 240Z machine that looked like the car that originally a Toyota badge.

Goertz’s ahead-of-the-time design elements from a number of sports cars, including and Jaguar. It also featured compartments behind the front that held the battery and air The interior was finished in genuine that covered the instrument and floor console (the wheel was also made of

Perhaps the most unusual of the car was its two sets of headlamps. One pair the grille while another be made to pop up from each In this way, the car could minimum North America n restrictions for headlights.

The car’s 2.0-liter inline engine was adapted from Crown sedan, but was fitted a Yamaha-designed double-overhead-cam valve and three carburetors. In street the powerplant made 150 horsepower and zero-to-60-mph times of 8.5 seconds. Top was clocked at close to 140 mph. On the few full-race versions, the motors coaxed to 200 horses.

A close-ratio manual transmission was standard, but a number were fitted three-speed automatics.

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Christened the (for its nearly-2,000-cubic-centimeter — — engine displacement), the Toyota caused a sensation first viewed at the 1965 Motor Show .

But production resulted in a two-year delay the initial batch of cars off Yamaha’s assembly lines. By time, most movie had viewed a special one-off version of the car that took stage in the James Bond 007 You Only Live Twice.

If the 2000GT’s looks produced jaws, then so did its exorbitant tag. At more than the low-to-the-ground (less than feet tall) Toyota was far than the Jaguar XKE and the Chevrolet and was much more than Japanese buyers could There were also few kickers on this side of the Ocean willing to risk kind of money on a basically and untried car company.

It didn’t seem to matter to the top dogs at who were basking in the 2000GT’s status. In Japan, the car had become a competition racer in addition to a number of high-speed endurance In the United States, AC Cobra Carroll Shelby also a team of two 2000GTs during the Sports Car Club of America season, finishing second Porsche .

In 1970, after a production run of a 337 vehicles (only 54 shipped to America ), Toyota ceased all production.

By that time, the had been well and truly home. The 2000GT allowed to solidify an image of high and world-class quality that has it flourish the world over.

Gunn is a feature writer Wheelbase Media. He can be reached on the Web at by clicking the contact link. supplies automotive news and to newspapers across North .

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