The world’s car fans wept in unison earlier this month when a freak accident caused a 30-meter beech tree to fall on an expensive Toyota 2000GT. Widely recognized as the first Japanese supercar, the 2000GT has been known to sell for over $1 million, and although we were relieved to hear that the driver escaped with only minor cuts and bruises, the photo of his trashed car brought tears to car-lovers’ eyes.
The 2000GT’s regular production run in the late 1960s was so limited that only 351 were ever built, and when these photos emerged of the flattened vehicle, many assumed that the number left in existence had just got that little bit smaller – and the car, therefore, a little rarer. However, Japanese website Nostalgic Car TV reported June 14 that the car in question is to be repaired and restored, promising regular updates as it is brought back to its former glory.
The 2000GT is perhaps best known for its appearance in the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice," which was mostly filmed on location in Japan. Two specially-built convertibles were made for the movie. It’s said that Sean Connery was finding it difficult to get in and out of the car quickly, so Toyota cut the roof off for him.
Sources: Netorabu, MSN JP
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