Cinematic cars: Toyota 2000GT in “You Only Live Twice” (1967)

In this installment of the Bond franchise, Agent 007 is dispatched to Japan, which can only mean one thing: Japanese cars! Naturally, the most famous (and sporting) of these is the rakish Toyota 2000GT, as it stylishly weaves its way through the outskirts of late-’60s Tokyo.

Despite what’s shown in the film, Toyota never made a 2000GT convertible. The roofs were removed from two 2000GTs to accommodate the 6’2″ Sean Connery, who otherwise wouldn’t have fit into the fixed head coupe (source). One of the cars used in the film is displayed at Toyota headquarters, while the other is in the private collection of a Toyota executive and occasionally trotted out for shows.

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~ by motoringconbrio on January 23, 2011.

2 Responses to “Cinematic cars: Toyota 2000GT in “You Only Live Twice” (1967)”

  1. I’ve always loved the proportions of the 2000GT – it’s got such a great classic GT car flow from the long nose to the stubby rear!

  2. To really appreciate the 2000 GT, you have to see one in the metal. They are quite small, lithe, and really elegantly proportioned. Similarities are often drawn to the E-Type, but the two are really quite different, with the 2000 GT having a much more sculptured body.

    Plus, the sound of that little Yamaha-headed, twin-cam, is magnificent!

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