New Zealand Classic Car

James Bond’s 2000GT to lead Toyota parade


Bond fans will recall the Toyota 2000GT made famous in You Only

Live Twice. Housed at Toyota Automobile Museum, the 2000GT will lead over 150 classic cars from the museum’s collection in its 28th Classic Car Festival to be held on May 28 at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Japan’s Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture.

Referred to as the Japanese E-type, the 2000GT will be joined by its English counterpar­t, alongside a Nissan Silvia, a Mazda Cosmo Sport 1, and a Ford Mustang, also from the museum’s collection. Participat­ing cars will be driven around public roads in chronologi­cal order, with next-generation vehicles seen alongside their classic-car equivalent­s in a showcase of automotive evolution.

The 2000GT is highlighti­ng the model’s 50th anniversar­y celebratio­ns, and will feature in an exhibit, titled “Dreams and Desires: 1960s Sports Cars”, that focuses on the birth of Japanesema­de sports cars following the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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