Toyota to reproduce spare parts for 2000GT
Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced that it will begin reproducing and selling spare parts for the iconic Toyota 2000GT as part of the GR Heritage Parts Project.
The project will help keep 2000GTs on the road by reproducing spare parts that are no longer available allowing customers to purchase genuine parts directly from Toyota. The move to produce parts for the S2000GT follows last year’s decision to produce parts for the A70 and A80 Supras.
The Toyota 2000GT was a sports car launched in 1967 through a 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-litre 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 kph, 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. Orders will be accepted from August 1st 2020, from the TGR website, but in future, reproduced parts will be purchased from Toyota dealers in the same way as normal genuine parts. However, because of the rarity of the 2000GT, sales will be restricted to owners in order to prevent reselling, while the number of parts sold will be limited per car.