The 2000GT

Toyota's Bond car turns 50

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Toyota's legendary 2000GT model, we're looking back at its iconic history as the original must-have sports car.

Licensed to Thrill!

Toyota has made some of the most iconic cars of all time, none more so than the stunning Toyota 2000GT that featured in the 1960s James Bond adventure, You Only Live Twice, starring Sean Connery as 007.

50 Years Young

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – it’s no surprise that the 2000GT is Daniel Craig’s favourite Bond car.

The timeless lines and long bonnet of the 2000GT are reminiscent of other iconic cars of the time and today it looks as fresh and as young as it did when it was launched. One 2000GT even made $825,000 at auction last year.

A True Star

When it was launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1967, it became the talk of the town. Toyota painted it metallic gold and hired the world famous supermodel, Twiggy, to stand on stage alongside it, leaving an indelible impression on the world. Lucky Twiggy, they even gave the car to her to say thanks for her assistance.

Since its 1960s heyday, the 2000GT has featured in dozens of films and tv shows, it’s been owned and sold several times and has been sensationally restored and refurbished back to its prime before finally being returned to Toyota. As a sign of its iconic status, it now resides in the fabulous Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrance, California.

Restoration Video

One lucky owner of a 2000GT is Jane Weitzmann, who shares the story of her treasured 2000GT in a new video that’s helping Toyota mark the model’s first 50 years.

Jane wanted to own a 2000GT since she saw it in the Bond film and sourced a car from Japan nine years ago. It’s also been restored to its original condition and takes pride of place in a classic car collection that also includes its ’60s sports car sister, the Toyota Sports 800.

The new generation
The name’s 86… GT86

Today, the equally stunning GT86 evokes memories of the glorious 2000GT and Celica GT-Four rally cars. The curves on the latest GT86 closely resemble the flowing lines of the classic 2000GT where form follows function.

The GT86’s smooth lines are honed from a need to cut cleanly through the air but also look breathtaking too – just like the original 2000GT! Art can come in any shape or form but a car must conform to the laws of physics - and the Toyota GT86 is just such a car.


Published: 8 March 2017

Information correct at time of publication.

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