This beautifully restored Japanese coupe has been found to have survived a shootout – and it’s now an interestingly rare sight on the streets of the United Kingdom.
The Toyota 2000GT is celebrating no less than half a century since arriving on the market, and as part o the celebrations the Japanese company decided to interview one of the owners of the rare sports cars. Jane Weitzmann has been the owner of one for almost a decade and after a British restoration is was found to have been involved in some dramatic events during its lifetime. Apparently at some point during its life the car was involved in a shootout as the restorers discovered a bullet hole in the door. Based on the shot’s location, the current owner thinks the shot injured the driver and might have caused him to crash the car.
And this links to the front-end damage of the 2000GT that had to be repaired by the collector. Of course not her coupe is pristine, and Toyota even thinks this is the only road-worthy unit in England. “The car is beautiful, the epitome of a proper little sports car with beautiful proportions, perfect engineering, perfect set-up and a lovely car to drive,” Weitzmann said. “It’s the joy of being able to throw her round a corner, knowing she’ll go exactly where you tell her to.” The 2000GT when new had a Yamaha-tuned 2.0-liter inline six delivering approximately 150 horsepower (112 kilowatts).