When a part of the Meishin Expressway was completed, each automobile manufacturer conducted a high-speed driving test. Most of the domestic cars at that time became severely vibrated when the speed exceeded 100 km / h, resulting in poor steering stability.
However, American and European cars can run without problems. Considering this fact as a major problem within Toyota, research on high-speed stability will proceed.
In addition, Toyota conducted the “100,000 km running test on the Meishin Expressway” when the entire line of the Meishin Expressway was opened, and participated in the test with the RT40 Corona, and 275 round trips between Ichinomiya and Nishinomiya from September to November 1964 And proved its high speed stability and durability.
Mr. Shinichi Yamazaki participated in this project. During this test, he was ordered to make prototype number 280A, that is, Toyota 2000GT.
Long nose to balance front and rear without sacrificing stability even with large displacement, multi-cylinder engine, low vehicle height and long wheelbase to enhance high-speed stability.
All are inevitable styles to counter the performance of American and European cars shown on the Meishin Expressway. In other words, it is no exaggeration to say that the chassis development of 2000GT has been carried out from this time.
Even though there are dozens of Yamaha staff members for the Toyota 2000GT project, only four people were seconded from Toyota. It can be said that this was because some research and experiment had already been accumulated.
The 1600GT, which was a brother of the Toyota 2000GT, is a derivative of the RT40 Corona. Steering stability at high speeds, which is a major feature, was also cultivated through experiments on highways.
The famous car was not born suddenly, but it could be said that it was only because of Toyota's contempt for the future of Japanese cars.
From a bird's-eye view, you can see the simple design line. I do not feel the oldness even now.
Since the muffler was severely corroded by rust, it was replaced with a genuine one that was produced by the 2000GT Owners Club.
A battery is housed on the right side of the front fender. The panel of the slit can be removed from the inside by opening the bonnet.
On the left side is an air cleaner and washer tank. Also open the bonnet and remove the slit panel from the inside.
The luggage space is covered with carpets with long hair legs. This was the owner's circuit helmet helmet store.
Posted: Nostalgic Hero April 2011 issue vol.144 [All information in the article is current at the time of publication]