AutoArt 86715 1:18 Toyota 2000GT 24 hrs FUJI #1
It was Nissan, not Toyota, who first commissioned the styling for a shapely 2-seat sports coupe from BMW 507 designer Graf Goertz in 1963. Yamaha built a running prototype, but Nissan backed out fearing its high cost and Toyota took over the project.
The first Toyota 2000GT debuted at the 1965 Tokyo motor show featuring a twin-cam 1988-cc inline-six making 150 hp, a 5-speed gearbox, and an all-independent wishbone suspension. Built by Yamaha, the 2000GT's price was indeed high: $6800. Just 337 copies were built.
In 1968, Toyota embarked on an ambitious racing program with the 2000GT including several long distance races in its home country of Japan. The factory entered two 2000GTs, painted white and red and fitted with oversize driving lights, in the 24-hour enduro at Japanes new Fuji speedway on April 8, 1968.
It was a Toyota rout, with team drivers Shihomi Hosoya and Yoshiro Ohtsubo finishing first and drivers Hiroshi Fushida and Tomohiko Tsutsumi finishing second