The Toyota 2000 GT (officially named Toyota 2000GT, note the lack of the space; トヨタ 二千GT in Japanese) was a 2-door sports coupe produced by Toyota motor corporation from 1967 to 1970. Designed originally by Yamaha, the Toyota 2000GT was proposed originally to Nissan, whom rejected the offer. Nissan later would use the 2000GT as a design inspiration on it's Fairlady Z (exported as the Datsun 240Z) which replaced the Fairlady Roadster in 1970.
The impact of the Toyota 2000GT would be one that would cause western car makers to change their thinking of the Japanese car makers practically overnight. in 1966 at the Yatabe Speed Trial in Japan, the 2000GT broke several existing speed and performance records. The 2000GT was Japan's first supercar and is considered to be their first collectable car.
The engine of the 2000GT was mounted in the front, longitudinally. The engine was a the 2.0 Litre straight-six based off the one used with the luxury car, the Toyota Crown.(hot Wheels released in 2016 a Hong Kong Taxi resembling a 1990s version of the Toyota Crown) Yamaha fitted in a dual overhead camshaft into an engine producing 150 horsepower.
In production, the 2000GT only saw 351 units roll off the assembly lines, making the car very rare. 60 units made their way to American shores and the rest were spread throughout the globe in similar numbers.
The Toyota 2000 GT has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|176 / 250||2013||HW Showroom - All Stars||Red||Black stripe on sides||Black / Plastic||Clear||Black||Chrome rim MC5||X1844||Malaysia||Base code(s): F05, F06, F09, F10|
|176 / 250||2013||HW Showroom - All Stars||Spectraflame Red||Black & Silver||Gloss Black Painted Metal||Clear||Black||Chrome Rims, Black RRC||X2020||Malaysia||Base code(s):|
|192 / 250||2014||HW Workshop - All Stars||Metalflake Black||Red and White stripes on sides and across top||Black / Plastic||Clear||Gray||Gold Chrome rim MC5||BFD66||Malaysia||Base code(s): F32,F36|
|192 / 250||2014||HW Workshop - All Stars||Yellow||Black and Blue Stripes||Yellow / Plastic||Smoke||Black||MC5||BFF53||Malaysia||Base code(s): F49, G03|
|?||2015||RLC||Gold Afflair White w/Red hood||Authentic 1968 SCCA "33" livery w/hand-spray-painted detail||White / Metal||Clear||Black||Neo-Classic RL||Malaysia||Base code(s):
Only 3,000 made
|18 / 21||2015||HW Road Trippin' Series||Metalflake Grey||'Mount Fuji Drift Night', '22' & Blue & White stripes on sides||Black / Plastic||Clear||Black||Gold MC5||DFL51||Malaysia||Base code(s):|
|4 / 5||2016||Car Culture Series - Japan Historics||Yellow||Green hood, 'Toyota 2000GT' & sponsor logos on sides||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Black||Chrome & Gold RR8SP||DJF79||Malaysia||Base code(s): H52|
In 2016, the Toyota 2000GT was released in the colouring used on the real Toyota 2000GT that was used in the 1966 Yatabe Speed Trail, which broke the time's speed and performance records, stunning western carmakers into taking Japanese cars very seriously.