sunnuntai 21. lokakuuta 2012

Toyota 2000 GT You Only Live Twice

Toyota 2000 GT
 The 2000GT made its most famous screen appearance in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, most of which was filmed in Japan. Even though the car was never commercially available as a convertible, two were made specially for the film.

Akiko Wakabayashi and Sean Connery - Toyota 2000 GT
 However, they did not have roofs, just an upholstered hump at the rear of the cabin to simulate a folded top, and therefore were not fully functioning convertibles. Prior to the decision to make fully roofless cars, building the car as a targa was tried, allegedly due to Sean Connery's height not allowing him to fit into the ultra-low coupé version. This retained the hatchback of the original car, but eliminated the rear side windows. However, when the Targa was completed, Connery's head stuck out of the top to such an extent that it was decided it looked too ridiculous and that roofless versions would have to be made if the car was to be featured in the film. The car was mainly driven by his girlfriend Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi) in the film.

Toyota 2000 GT
 Back before Toyota became an industrial giant turning out cars by the millions, it built an exotic sports car - the 2000GT. The design was wild, the car was hot, and only 337 were built over a four-year period.Introduced to the public as a prototype at the 1965 Tokyo auto show, the 2000GT arrived in America in late 1966 as a '67 model.

Akiko Wakabayashi and Sean Connery - Toyota 2000 GT
  Now recognized as an early supercar, the 2000GT boasted a seven-main-bearing, 2.0-liter DOHC in-line six fed by three Mikuni-Solex side-draft carburetors and paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension was an unequal-length, independent, control-arm setup; the brakes were four-wheel disc; and the steering was rack-and-pinion.

Toyota 2000 GT
 The 2000GT was unlike anything else from a company that was quickly becoming known for its well-built and sturdy Coronas, mini pickups, and Land Cruisers.In production trim, the car's 150 hp gave it a top speed of 131 mph. The 2000GT set thirteen speed and endurance records in October 1966 at Japan's Yatabe test circuit. But all that speed and style didn't come cheap. In 1968, the 2000GT's $7230 list price far exceeded those of better-known sports cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette ($4663), the Jaguar E-type ($5559), and even the Porsche 911 ($6190).

Bond girl, Aki in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice
 An advanced two-seater sports coupe, the 2000 GT was powered by a dual overhead camshaft straight six engine with a displacement of two-litres. Boasting 150bhp and a five-speed gearbox, it could hit nearly 140mph and sprint from 0-60 in under nine seconds. Three Solex carburettors were fitted along with Dunlop disc brakes and a limited slip differential, the suspension having been independent all-round.
Akiko Wakabayashi and Sean Connery - Toyota 2000 GT
 n early 1966, Broccoli called Toyota with the offer of an appearance in You Only Live Twice, but there were a number of problems. Connery’s 6ft 2″ frame meant it was impossible for him to fit comfortably in the coupe and with the production company planning several scenes from inside the vehicle, a solution had to be found. As it turned out, the only way a 2000 GT was going to make it into the movie was if an open-top version could be manufactured. At the time, only a couple of Coupe prototypes had been built and production wouldn’t begin until May 1967.

Super-Takumar 1:1.4 50mm and Quartz-Takumar 3.5/85mm
 While watching 007 classic You Only Live Twice, was struck by this interesting shot - Japanese spook girl Aki's - "Akiko Wakabayashi" car equipped with Takumar lenses. Super-Takumar 1:1.4 50mm on the left is of course the old classic - radioactive thorium rear element lens commonly plagued by yellowing problem. Once yellowing is cured by exposure to UV light - terrific lens. The other lens - Quartz-Takumar 3.5/85mm on the right is something not commonly found - an experimental lens for UV photography primarily for scientific purposes. The fact that movie producers decided to equip the car with such a rare and exotic lens is amazing, its almost like they used the real spy car for the shoot.

 Toyota were still very enthusiastic though and despite having never considered a Roadster, managed to complete the order for a pair of cars within two frantic weeks. They were beautifully converted at Toyota’s special Toyopet Service Centre in Tsunashima, everything in front of the windscreen remaining practically unchanged.

Toyota 2000 GT and Sony 7 F-74 L Car Radio

 Manufacturer-Brand: Sony; Tokyo Sony 7 F-74 L Car Radio -You Only Live Twice (1967)
Year: 1968 Type: Radio - or past WW2 tuner
Semiconductors (the count is only for transistors) 11: 2SA455 2SA454 2SC401 2SC403 2SC403 2SC403 2SC402 2SC401 2SB383 2SB383 2SB378
Principle Super-Heterodyne (Super in general); IF-Freq 455/10700 kHz; 3 AF stage(s)
Tuned circuits 5 AM circuit(s)     8 FM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast, Long Wave, Short Wave plus FM.

Sony 7 F-74 L Car Radio

Power type and voltage Dry Batteries / 3 × 1,5 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 12 cm = 4.7 inch
Power out 0.73 W (unknown quality)

Material Modern plastics (no Bakelite or Catalin)
Shape Portable, e.g. Portable Radio (with or without mains > 8 inch).
Dimensions (WHD) 203 x 205 x 65 mm / 8 x 8.1 x 2.6 inch

Source of data Handbuch VDRG 1968/1969

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