Toyota 2000GT With Metal Engine Detail Kit – (HCH47):
This was a limited-production sports car designed by Toyota, in collaboration with Yamaha. Only 351 were ever produced, between 1967 and 1970, but the first ever was showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965.
Toyota wanted to manufacture a grand tourer that was reliable and comfortable, however, also retaining the sportier aspects such as the stylish bodywork and high cruising speed. The 2000GT was a halo car for Toyota, meaning it was highly exclusive and was to be considered limited edition. It was solely available to Toyota’s Japanese retail sales channel called Toyota Store.
The 2000GT absolutely transfigured the motoring world’s perception of Japan, and the cars they produced. Before the 2000GT, many negative connotations were associated with Japan’s automotive industry; imitative, boring, overly practical. With the introduction of Toyota’s new grand tourer; a sleek high-performance coupe, people began to take notice. It was a sign that Japan was capable of producing cars that were genuinely able to go toe-to-toe with some of Europe’s bigger names. In 1967, a motoring magazine called Road and Track summarized the 2000GT as “one of the most exciting and enjoyable cars we’ve driven.” It was beginning to gain recognition, and some enthusiasts even went as far to say that it was the closest rival to the legendary Porsche 911.
This striking, James Bond-esque 2000GT model oozes class and rarity. Its metal finish beautifully accentuates the smaller details, such as the glistening exhaust pipes and the pointed wing mirrors, and the gun-metal-grey paint perfectly highlights the intricate bodywork.