WIN AN AUTOART 1:18 TOYOTA 2000GT
Oddly enough, the 2000GT — today one of only a handful of Japanese cars classified as blue-chip collectibles — almost carried a Nissan badge! That came about because Albrecht Goertz, the designer, penned the initial design in collaboration with Yamaha. The story goes that Yamaha offered the concept to Nissan, which turned down the proposal as it was more interested in modernizing the Fairlady sports cars. Yamaha approached Toyota, which took over almost by default — a daring move for a company which was well known at the time for its conservatism. The resulting Toyota 2000GT — Japan’s first high-speed two-seater fastback coupé (one convertible version was produced for use in the James Bond movie, Youonlylivetwice) — broke numerous international speed and endurance records during the late ’70s, and even drew the attention of Carroll Shelby, who prepared a team of cars for use in the 1968 SCCA production car race series in the US. Only 351 examples of the swoopy-looking 2000GT were built between 1967 and 1970 (some sources quote a lower figure of 337), but other than countering Toyota’s stodgy image, the car was hardly a sales success. However, today surviving examples are worth serious money — especially in their homeland. This gorgeous 1:18 die-cast model comes from Autoart’s Millennium collection, the model shown being the ‘upgraded’ version that substitutes wire wheels for the more usual alloy rims. As we’ve come to expect from AUTOART, detailing is exemplary — the heart of the car, the 112kw twin-cam six, looks totally authentic with its battery of Solex carburettors. The model also includes pop-up headlamps, opening access panels located on either side of the car and, of course, a fully detailed interior. Thanks to the good guys at Toymod, the NZ AUTOART distributor, we have one example of this stunning Toyota 2000GT to give away to a lucky
reader — just answer the following question.
Yamaha developed the 2000GT’S high-spec overhead-cam cylinder head — but from which humdrum Toyota saloon did the engine’s bottom end originate?
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RIGHT, YOU SHOULD ALREADY HAVE READ ASHLEY’S WRITE-UP ON THIS MONTH’S COVER CHALLENGER — SO NOW IT’S TIME TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF EARLY MUSCLE-CAR HISTORY WITH SOME QUESTIONS GUARANTEED TO EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN RATHER THAN YOUR BICEPS.