The 2000GT is considered by many to be the most beautiful Japanese car ever produced, and is even considered the first Japanese supercar by some. Designed by Yamaha and produced by Toyota, only 351 of these handbuilt beauties were ever made between 1967 and 1970. With prices going upwards of a million dollars in recent years, getting your hands on one is not an easy task. But, fret no more because there is now a true to heart replica, the Rocky 3000GT.
With a price of around $192,000, the 3000GT is a fraction of the price of a real 2000GT and even if price is not an issue, readily available. Created by Japanese replica manufacturer, Rocky Autos, the 3000GT gives you the classic styling with many modern day luxuries such as air conditioning and power steering.
Rocky Autos took no chances when coming to make this car as close to the original as possible, save for the modern day luxuries. In order to make the car as similar as they can to the original car, Rocky Autos studied the 2000GT's design extensively and even employed former racing driver and Toyota 2000GT test driver, Mr. Hosoya Shihomi for input about how the original car handled and felt.
Aside from the addition of a few modern luxuries, the biggest difference between the original car and the replica is the engine. However, even the choice of engine was chosen with much care. In order to replicate the balance of the original car, another straight six engine was utilized, however, the new engine is a much beefier 3,000cc unit giving the car its name.
(Second picture is of a facelifted 2000GT which featured different fogs). All in all, the 3000GT is almost non-distinguishable from the real car, except for the badging and slightly more modern interior. And in true James Bond meets Rocky move, the 3000GT is also offered in the open top spec of the one off open top 2000GT used in "You Only Live Twice".
Unlike the movie, you only live once, so why not take a shot at owning this homage to one of the most iconic cars in history.
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