Published on July 7th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Toyota 2000GT Spare Parts Back In Production for Owners
The Toyota 2000GT is a classic car with a huge fanbase and loads of collectors ready to drop big money on one. Some can even sell for over a million US dollars. It was the car that really put Toyota on the map and shut the doubters up for good – the first true Japanese collectible. Now Toyota is looking to honour the legacy by reproducing some spare parts for the car for owners residing in and outside of Japan.
The 2000GT parts will be produced under the GR Heritage Parts Project, under the arm of Toyota GAZOO Racing. This follows the availability of spare parts for the Supra A70 and A80 generations earlier. They’ve since expanded that spare parts list for those vehicles too, FYI.
To stop bad actors from stockpiling 2000GT parts and reselling them at high prices, parts will only be sold to known owners and in limited quantities.
Here’s the press release with more.
Toyota 2000GT was a sports car launched in 1967 through collaboration with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Until production ended in 1970, 337 units were manufactured. It adopted the latest Japanese technology, including a 2.0-liter DOHC straight six engine, four-wheel double-wishbone suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, radial tires, magnesium alloy wheels, and retractable headlamps, and boasted a maximum speed of 220 kph, on a par with European sports cars of the day. Prior to its launch, it took part in speed trials and, despite inclement conditions with an approaching typhoon, it set three world records (10,000 miles, 15,000 kms, 72 hours) and 13 international records. It also achieved wins and high placement in various races. It became a world-renowned sports car for Toyota, and was used in scenes shot in Japan for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice.
Efforts are underway at specially collaborating suppliers, along with Toyota plants and related divisions, in preparation for the production of the reproduced parts due to go on sale. From August 1, 2020, information will be steadily updated on the TGR website, and orders will be accepted. In addition, reproduced parts may be purchased from Toyota dealers in the same way as normal genuine parts. However, due to the uniqueness of the Toyota 2000GT, sales will be restricted to owners, to prevent reselling; and the number of parts sold will be limited per car.