The Toyota 2000 GT (officialy named Toyota 2000GT, note the lack of the space; トヨタ 二千GT in Japanese) is a limited-production, front-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seat, hardtop coupé grand tourer designed by Toyota in collaboration with Yamaha. First displayed to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965, the 2000GT was manufactured under contract by Yamaha between 1967 and 1970. In Japan, it was exclusive to Toyota's Japanese retail sales channel called Toyota Store.
The 2000GT revolutionized the automotive world's view of Japan, then viewed as a producer of imitative and stodgily practical vehicles. As sleek, high-performance fastback, it demonstrated its auto makers could produce a sports car to rival the better marques of Europe. Reviewing a pre-production 2000GT in 1967, Road & Track magazine summed up the car as "one of the most exciting and enjoyable cars we've driven", and compared it favorably to the Porsche 911. Today, the 2000GT is seen as the first seriously collectible Japanese car and its first supercar. Examples of the 2000GT have sold at auction for as much as US$1,200,000 (~€1.1 million).
The engine was a longitudinally mounted 2.0 L (121 in³) straight-6 (the 3M) based on the engine in the top-of-the-line Toyota Crown sedan. It was transformed by Yamaha with a new double overhead camshaft head into a 112 kW (150 hp) sports car engine.
Only 351 regular production units of the 2000GT were built, figures comparable to contemporary elite Italian supercars. In America, the 2000GT sold for about $6,800 (~€6,000), much more than contemporary Porsches and Jaguars. As "halo" cars, it is believed that no profit was made on the cars despite their high price. About 60 cars reached North America and the others were similarly thinly spread worldwide. Most 2000GTs were painted either red or white.
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.