If anyone can get their hands on rare and one-of-a-kind cars, it's Jay Leno, but some cars even elude the well-funded clutches of the funnyman-turned car collector. In this episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Jay meets a car that he thought he would never get a chance to drive; the Toyota 2000GT. And yes, we're extremely jealous.

This is the latest stop in Jay's trip to Japan, where he has already played with the Datsun 240Z and Lexus LFA, but this has to be the crescendo of his trek. Venturing to Toyota's own museum, Leno is rewarded by something even more rare than your average 2000GT. The car in question is one of only two convertible 2000GT's ever built. They were specially commissioned for use in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

Due to its rarity, Leno was only allowed to drive it in what appears to be the museum parking lot. Still, that is more seat time with a 2000GT than most others will ever get to spend. Click below to watch Jay's test drive of what is arguably one of the most collectible Japanese cars ever made, as well as its use on the silver screen.




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      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW...it's Jay makes it painfully obvious that the car was built for Japanese physiques.
        Henry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @d.hollywood
        You are sure right about that. Very funny.
      M5_4_life
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does this look more beautiful than the current models?
        rtkewley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @M5_4_life
        Because it doesn't have to accommodate modern safety and fuel economy regs, electronics, convenience features, etc., etc...
      Brian E Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Toyota 2000GT was not James Bond's car - He never even drove it. The car belonged to Japanese SIS and was driven by their agent, Akiko (Aki) Wakabayashi.
        Dnv66
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Right! Also,not convertibles at all;the roofs were removed from coupes for the movie,as Connery was too tall to fit in the car!
      Hal Jordan
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the James Bond clip I like how the helicopter air lifts the sedan, and the driver continues steering the wheel. :)
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hal Jordan
        Gotta love the 30 second delay on his reaction. You'll also notice that after they turn into the tunnel, she still has the wheel turned to the left but they're going straight.
      Brian E Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Toyota 2000GT was never James Bond's car. The car belonged to Japanese SIS and was driven by their agent, Akiko (Aki) Wakabayashi.
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. Sure would'nt hurt to come out with a modern interpretation at all. Might a "Nancy Kwan accessory option" be available as well?
      Issei
      • 2 Years Ago
      30┬░bank of fuji speedway was caught on bond's video, check 1:28.
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      A few years ago my father was at a function put on by one of his former colleagues. This guy had a huge garage that he'd escape to to tinker away. My father was dumbfounded to see up the back a butchered and forlorn 2000GT which had been subjected to some sort of incomplete engine swap (an "American" V8) and an extremely shoddy (and unfinished) attempt to turn it into a convertible. The guy had paid very little for it, and the 'work' was done prior to purchase. My dad is hardly a car nut but he knew enough to recognise what it was, and snapped a few pics with his old phone to show me. Heartbreaking!
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if there is a stat that shows how many cars Leno owns, has owned total in his life, and how many different cars he has driven???
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota sure has built some fantastic sports cars over the years, the 2000GT, 4th Generation Supra and LFA all represent the best sports cars to come out of Japan at their respective times!
      KY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn that James Bond video clip just makes it even better. Looking good in there.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a beautiful car. if only toyota would build beautiful cars like this today
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