Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Toyota to Start Reproducing Parts for the 2000GT


The next recipient of Toyota’s Heritage Parts program is this: the 1967 2000GT.

Done through Toyota Gazoo Racing or TGR, the GR Heritage Parts Project will reproduce spare parts that are no longer available. Previously, it was announced that the first recipients of the project were the A70 and A80 Supra. Now, the next model to benefit is the 2000GT.

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 km/h, 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. The confirmed list of parts to be remanufactured are transmission related such as gears, synchro hub and sleeve, gaskets and oil seal kit, bearing kit, snap ring kit, thrust washer, shift fork; and differential-related such as final gear kit, ring gear set bolt.

More information and subsequent sale will commence by August through the Toyota Gazoo Racing website. And if you live in Japan, the reproduced parts may be purchased from Toyota dealers as well. 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.

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