Image by MCB contributor Skorj.
Gorgeous photo (of a gorgeous car).
~ by motoringconbrio on June 25, 2013.
Posted in Moment of zen, Still images Tags: 2000 gt, 2000gt, toyota
Oh what a tease!
I have never really understood why this was never sent to the US, they would have sold a million. I suspect crash standards were the reason.
Randy said this on June 25, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
I don’t know very much about these cars, but I suspect cost? I.e., they cost more to make than what an American would have been willing to spend back then on a Japanese sports car.
motoringconbrio said this on June 25, 2013 at 12:06 am | Reply
These were actually sold in the US but by that time, very very few people knew about Toyota, let alone know about them having a (for the time) supercar.
Jorge Azcoitia said this on June 25, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
I never knew that Jorge! Thanks for the FYI!
Randy said this on June 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
For sure! If you want to learn more, there are actually not one, not two, but three(!) Toyota 2000GTs at the Toyota Museum in Torrance, CA. And one of them is none other of the two “golden” cars.
I personally like better the “zenki” white one above all 2000GTs (together with one white zenki and the golden, they also have a red kouki version).
At the car’s stand they also have a book in which you can learn about the whole history of this car. I spent there an hour alone enjoying a “quick” read.
Worth the trip if you are in Southern California, especially since it’s free and there are many other interesting racing and classic Toyotas.
Jorge Azcoitia said this on June 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
it’s often been said the best thing about the james bond film ‘you only live twice’ was the custom built 2000gt roadster. specially built as sean connery was too big for the closed coupe.
a real work of art.
a real expensive work of art.
earlier this year a coupe sold for $1.16m
wm said this on June 26, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
The only Toyota I’d consider to own, such a beautiful car.
SuperSwede said this on June 26, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
You’re missing out a bunch of good cars, superswede…
Jorge Azcoitia said this on June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
This is an interesting comment. I just brainstormed this quickly and came up with the following list of Toys that I would own:
- MR2 (AW11)
- Any Land Cruiser up to FJ60
- First generation 4Runner SR5
(I didn’t include the 2000GT since it’s so obviously out of reach.)
Beyond that, there are a bunch of good and interesting cars — but I don’t necessarily see myself owning them.
motoringconbrio said this on June 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
Yotahachi (Sports 800)? Here’s a tasty one:
Same badging and headlights as its bigger 2000GT sister. Plus, they’re Targa… Neko.
Kuroneko said this on June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply
I own an AW11, and personally, I love better the very AE86 which we spoke about in MCB not so long ago…
Jorge Azcoitia said this on June 27, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
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