Thursday, 10 May 2012

Toyota 2000GT

For those of you who feel that the classic Japanese sports coupé begins and ends with the Datsun 240Z, I give you this: the Toyota 2000GT.
This rare beauty was designed in collaboration with Yamaha, and built under licence by Yamaha between 1967-70. You'd be forgiven for not having seen one in the metal - only 351 of them were ever built. Often called 'the first Japanese supercar', it was a compact, front-engined, rear-wheel drive poppet of diminutive stature, with a low kerb-weight thanks to its aluminium construction and a roof just 46" from the ground. The engine was a 2.0-litre straight-six based on the Toyota Crown unit, but with a fancy Yamaha twin-cam head (kind of like an early BEAMS engine), sucking fuel through three twin-choke Solex carbs. It was racey, exotic, expensive (selling in the US for $6800; around $500 more than a Porsche 911) and, thanks to Yamaha's limited production capabilities, scarce.
The example you see here was shot by Dylan Leff, a photographer with an uncanny ability to blur the boundaries between reality and artifice without resorting to HDR; admit it, part of you was wondering whether this was a real car or a rendering... You can see more of his work here.

1 comment:

Kuroda said...

I'm a fan of Dylann Leaf photos. Especially RA21 Celica. Love the contrast between monochrome dark backgrouns and the vivid colors of cars. The light especially beautiful reveal the shapes of cars...this is EPIC.