Shame it will never be built.
Before Toyota had dreamed up the legendary Supra or nimble 86, there was the 2000GT. First launched in 1965, this Japanese sports car went up against the Jaguar E-Type and featured in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. This iconic piece of art has just turned 55 years old, and a rare left-hand drive version recently sold for an astonishing $900,000 at auction. With the Supra and 86 both enjoying a renaissance, the 2000GT has been left by the wayside, but attempts have been made to modernize the car with moderate success, and now some new renders have emerged showing what the car could look like if Toyota had the stones.
Designer Nirmit Soni was aided by Sandeep Dasari, Vitali Enes, and Constantin Stein to create this exciting render, with the goal to showcase the original car's "essence of lightness, technology, and modernity." The end result is an interesting mix of the old car, blended with the unmistakable lines of the modern Supra. The exterior features digital camera mirrors, active aerodynamics, carbon-fiber wheels, and a roll cage, making this one serious dream machine. The car sports Toyota's classic red and white color scheme with the number 33 boldly stamped on the sides and hood of the car.
These renders show a track-focused monster, far removed from the more relaxed style of the original 2000GT, but who really cares if it looks this good? The original 2000GT continues to draw admiration from JDM fans across the globe, and in recognition of that, Toyota has announced that it will be producing brand new OEM spares for the car as part of its GR Heritage Parts Project.