Toyota to restart production on 2000GT parts

Toyota will reproduce and sell parts for the 2000GT sports car through its Gazoo Racing (GR) division. Parts will be sold both in Toyota’s home country of Japan and overseas, the automaker said in a press release Monday.

Launched in 1967, the 2000GT is one of Toyota’s earliest performance cars, and one of its rarest. Just 337 were built before production ended in 1970. Designed in collaboration with Yamaha, the 2000GT was powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-6, which propelled the sports car to a top speed of 136 mph. It sported magnesium alloy wheels, radial tires, and four-wheel disc brakes, features that modern drivers take for granted but were fairly advanced for a road car of the period.

All production 2000GTs were coupes, but two convertibles were made specifically for the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice” because, legend has it, Sean Connery was too tall to fit

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RM Sotheby’s “Pedal Power” Sale of Pedal Cars Brings Almost $150,000

Just in case you need a reality check on your perceived values of your rusty, dusty Foxbody Ford Mustang you keep out behind the house, just know a collection of 53 museum-quality toy pedal cars just raised almost $150,000 at the RM Sotheby’s auction dubbed “Pedal Power.” Pedal-car collectors (yes, they exist) and automobilia collectors swarmed this online-only RM Sotheby’s auction, resulting in some rather impressive figures exchanged for the brightly colored miniature cars.

According to the RM auction house, many of the featured cars were owned and fastidiously maintained by genre expert and restorer Bruce Callis, who offered his cute fleet up for other collectors as part of RM Sotheby’s burgeoning online auction portfolio. After the final hammerblow fell, 53 pedal cars went to new homes, with 85 percent of the lots selling for more than their pre-sale estimate. We picked out a few of our favorites,

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