Toyota Will Build Spare Parts Again For The Iconic 2000GT Sports Car
The parts will be restricted to owners of Toyota 2000GT sports cars
July 6, 2020 at 07:34
by Dan Mihalascu
Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) has announced that it will reproduce spare parts for the brand’s most coveted classic car, the 2000GT.
TGR will build the parts as GR Heritage Parts Project and will sell them both in Japan and overseas. As part of the project, Toyota Gazoo Racing will reproduce spare parts that were no longer available, and sell them as genuine parts to customers who want to continue driving their classic cars.
The announcement follows a similar initiative from May 2019 regarding the reproduction of A70 Supra and A80 Supra parts. TGR will start taking orders for 2000GT parts on August 1, 2020, with the reproduced parts available to purchase from Toyota dealers in the same way as normal genuine parts. However, sales will be restricted to owners in order to prevent reselling; furthermore, the number of parts sold will be limited per car.
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As for the A70 and A80 Supra parts, the first round of reproduced items will be available to order through Toyota dealers in Japan and overseas from July 1. Those include the A70 sender gauge, A70 door handle, and A80 door handle.
The Toyota 2000GT is a sports car launched in 1967 as part of a collaboration with Yamaha. Production ended in 1970 after a run of only 337 units. At the time, the 2000GT 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.
The 2000GT was able to reach a maximum speed of 220 km/h (136 mph), on a par with European sports cars of the day. It became an iconic sports car for Toyota and was used in scenes shot in Japan for the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice‘.