Although Japan was not largely known for sports car production, the fastback 1967 Toyota 2000 GT made an impressive debut. The automobile was collaboration between Toyota and Yamaha. This model was only produced for three years, but it brought Japan into the global market and gave Toyota their first Supercar.
The Toyota 2000 GT features a longitudinal mounted straight 6 2.0L engine that was redesigned with a dual overhead cam to add the precision element. Producing 150 HP at 6000 RPMs, the 2000 GT was recorded at reaching 0 – 60 in ten seconds and 100 mph in 24 seconds. Fuel was fed through three two-barrel carburetion units from Solex, Nine of the 351 models manufactured contained a single OHC 2M .3 L engine. This variation allowed for top speeds of 135 mph.
Introducing something new to Japanese automotive standards, the 2000 GT provided all around disc brakes as well as a limited slip differential. Being mated to a 5-speed manual overdrive transmission proved to be a smart move on the part of the maker. When entered into competition, there were several acclaims and speed records set by this small but powerful beauty. Many FIA records held up for several years. The car that made all this history was destroyed in a pace car accident and scrapped out.
Other manufacturers were so impressed with the style, speed, and endurance of this tour car that Shelby incorporated 3 models to his style. Those cars are still in the USA and one is on permanent exhibit in Japan.
The 1967 Toyota together make this a truly remarkable addition to the memorable sports car entourage. 2000 GT featured a wheel base of 91.7 inches, and measured out at 164.4 inches. It was not built with a lot of height, and sets very low to the ground. All of these things combined together make this a truly remarkable addition to the memorable sports car entourage.
The 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2 + 2, first presented at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show, was built from 1966 through 1968. Lamborghini wanted to keep the same elegant proportions of the 350 GT while adding an additional two seats in the rear of the car. Designers lowered the floor pan and raised the height 2.6 inches to fit them in. The final result was a length of 184.5 in, width of 68.0 in, and height of 50.6 in.
Space was saved with a reversal of the rear control arms and a new shape for the rear window. To comply with upgraded US safety regulations, paired headlights were installed instead of sculpted units. Another difference from the 350 is the extra front wiper. Only a few of the 242 manufactured 400 GTs were right wheel drives.
With the exception of the trunk and hood, the body changed from aluminum to steel. The heavier steel increased durability and reduced costs of production. Springs and shocks were redesigned to handle the heavier vehicle. Carrozzeria Touring designed the bodywork, coordinating with engineer Giampaolo Dallara.
A 60° V12 engine with an aluminum alloy block was placed at the front in a longitudinal position. The powerful motor had a specific torque of 374.2 nm/ 276 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm. Displacement measured 3929cc, bore 82.0mm, stroke 62.0 mm, and compression 10.5:1.
The ZF transmission was exchanged for a Lamborghini-designed five-speed transmission with Porsche syncro rings on all five gears to reduce noise. A Lamborghini unit also replaced the Salisbury rear differential. The 350’s 6 Twin-Throat 40 DCOE Weber carburetors continued for the fuel feed.
Worm and Roller steering made the rear wheel drive vehicle easier to handle. Front and rear suspension included double wishbones with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. Girling disc front and rear brakes with Vacuum Assist stopped the 3199 lb exceptional 1967 400 GT Lamborghini.