Colin-on-Cars – Rare Toyota parts to be made in SA

Finding spare parts for an automobile restoration project or just keeping an older car running can be a nightmare so it comes as good news for owners of the Toyota 2000GT that parts are to be made here in South Africa.

Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) will reproduce replacement parts for the Toyota 2000GT as part of the GR Heritage Parts Project, and will sell them both domestically and overseas.

This project is an initiative that will reproduce key replacement parts that were no longer available and sell them as genuine parts.

Toyota 2000GT

Previously, in May 2019, an announcement was made to reproduce and sell replacement parts for A70 and A80 Supra models at the GR Supra press conference and the Toyota 2000GT will be the next model following on from this.

The Toyota 2000GT was a sports car launched in 1967 through collaboration with Yamaha. Until production ended in 1970, 337 units were manufactured. It adopted the latest Japanese technology, including a 2,0-litre  DOHC straight six engine, four-wheel double-wishbone suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, radial tires, magnesium alloy wheels, and retractable headlamps, while boasting a maximum speed of 220 km/h – on a par with European sports cars of the day.

Prior to its launch, it took part in speed trials and, despite inclement conditions with an approaching typhoon, it set three world records (10 000 miles, 15 000 km, 72 hours) and 13 international records. It also achieved wins and high placement in various races becoming a world-renowned sports car for Toyota, and was also used in scenes shot in Japan for the James Bond film, ‘You Only Live Twice’.

Efforts are underway at specially collaborating suppliers, along with Toyota plants and related divisions, in preparation for the production of the reproduced parts due to go on sale. From August 1, 2020, information will be steadily updated on the TGR website.

In addition, reproduced parts may be purchased from Toyota dealers in the same way as normal genuine parts. However, due to the uniqueness of the Toyota 2000GT, sales will be restricted to owners, to prevent reselling; and the number of parts sold will be limited per car.

Reproduced Parts are for the five-speed manual transmission: Transmission-related Gears, synchro hub and sleeve, gaskets and oil seal kit, bearing kit, snap ring kit, thrust washer, shift fork, Differential-related Final gear kit, ring gear set bolt.

Also, with regards to the first round of reproduced parts for the A70 and A80 Supra, announced in January 2020, some (A70 fuel sender gauge, A70 door handle, and A80 door handle) will be available to order through Toyota dealers in Japan and overseas from this month. Information regarding the commencement of orders for other parts will be posted on the TGR website.

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