WIN AN AU­TOART 1:18 TOY­OTA 2000GT

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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.

Q:

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.

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Al­lan Wal­ton

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