If you’ve ever sat down and watched some of the old James Bond movies, you probably noticed that a classic Toyota had a starring role! The Toyota 2000GT was Bond’s vehicle of choice for car chases and getaways, and he couldn’t have picked a slicker model. This dynamic coupe had such an impact on the automotive industry that it was recently dubbed one of the fifteen classic cars that DEFINE cool (and who are we to argue?). In fact, this sports car was so well-loved that it inspired the iconic Toyota Celica AND the currently extremely popular Orlando Scion FR-S, another slick coupe with a lot of attitude!
What made the Toyota 2000GT Bond-worthy? James Bond had an open-top model in 1967’s “You Only Live Twice”, but you wouldn’t find those up for grabs at your local dealership. Two open-top models were specially made for the movie, and Bond and his girlfriend Aki made good use of them. The reason for the open-top design on this iconic new Toyota? Sean Connery was so tall that it was the only way for him to comfortably get into the driver’s seat!
The Toyota 2000GT was race-worthy AND cool enough for James Bond
However, this iconic Toyota in Orlando wasn’t just known for its superstar debut in the popular James Bond movie. It was also race-worthy, winning the Fuji 24-hour race in 1967 and also coming in third in the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix. The performance was pretty impressive, but what made this amazing car such a dynamic option?
- The Toyota 2000GT boasted a 2.0L engine with double overhead camshafts (these basically take performance up a level and produce more power).
- This Orlando Toyota offered 150 horsepower and reached speeds of up to 135 mph (all the while maintaining an impressive fuel efficiency level of about 31 mpg).
- Rear-wheel drive was mixed into the design – just like the new Scion FR-S in Orlando – and limited slip differential improved handling further!
- This amazing Toyota was initially only available in a five-speed manual transmission, but was soon upgraded to be available in an automatic option as well.
- The physical appearance of this slick coupe was just as notable as its performance. It had a sleek exterior that was flowing and aerodynamic, as well as a low stance – it only stood about 46 inches at the top point of its roof!
- The Toyota 2000GT also boasted a comfortable interior decked out with details like a rosewood-veneer dashboard and a three-spoke steering wheel. You’d also find features like an auto-tuning radio, hood scoop, and even air-conditioning up for grabs in the later models!
- Basically, this iconic Orlando Toyota was pretty amazing. Road and Track noted that it was one of the most enjoyable and exciting rides they’ve ever taken, and also admired the luxurious interior and overall sporty appearance!
Get a taste of history in the Orlando Scion FR-S
Now the Toyota 2000GT is a serious collectible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar look and feel – come down to our Toyota dealership in Central Florida and take the 2014 Scion FR-S out for a spin! We’re open until 10pm every single night, and we’re just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!