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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:22 am 

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If you're gonna count those you'd have to count concept cars and test mules too.


Fair enough,so it's not the rarest,but it's still a great deal rarer than a Cavalier.....it was only a lame joke anyway! :D

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i saw one here in my country imported from japan.

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hongkongphooey wrote:
ben wrote:
If you're gonna count those you'd have to count concept cars and test mules too.


Fair enough,so it's not the rarest,but it's still a great deal rarer than a Cavalier.....it was only a lame joke anyway! :D

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Ok, sorry. I need to lighten up. I get that way when I think about people cutting off the tops of perfectly good 2000GTs to mimic something from a cheesy movie.

:lol: <--- Me, now.

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cheater_5 wrote:
"The Rarest "Toyota"?????" should read "The Crappiest "Toyota"?????"


I agree these things are a total piece of crap. They are a plague, we've got thousands of the stupid things on our roads... if you can find a mechanic who will touch one, you're very lucky!

8 hours to do a waterpump.... somewhere circa 6k for a front screen iirc.

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ben wrote:

Ok, sorry. I need to lighten up. I get that way when I think about people cutting off the tops of perfectly good 2000GTs to mimic something from a cheesy movie.

:lol: <--- Me, now.


Fair point! :lol:

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Rarest Toyota?

Boy, did that stir up a can of worms! :lol:

I guess it all depends on 'what' we are referring to when we say 'rarest Toyota'. Are we talking rarest ever built? Rarest still in existence? I agree with Ben, that most of the concept cars ever built, if they even still exist, are probably some the rarest Toyotas around. Also many of the early Toyota race cars are very rare, since many were dismantled after they were retired (even the famous time-trial 2000GT is a 'reproduction').

But what about actual production vehicles? Yes, the 2000GT is rare, even from the beginning since only 300+ were ever built. My friend Luc has a wonderful website all about the 2000GT, but in French, so if you want more facts on that car I recommend getting Shin Yoshikawa's book 2000GT. But, besides the 2000GT there are a lot of early models (that even most Toyota enthusiasts don't know about), that might be considered some of the rarest Toyotas still around - from the early G-series trucks and first production car, the Model AA (of which only reproductions exist - no originals!), and other A-series sedans (Model AB and Model AC), the Model SA (Toyota's return to passenger vehicle production after the war), the Toyopet Super, Toyopet Master, Toyopet Corona ST10, Toyopet Masterline, as well as a number of other early trucks and buses. Who knows how many of any of these vehicles still exist, even in Japan? Sounds like a good job for one of our Japanese correspondents! :wink:

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In North America can I call this one of the rarest?

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Too bad I sold it but I will get something interesting... trust me!

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In North America can I call this one of the rarest?

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Too bad I sold it but I will get something interesting... trust me!


Gee, remember the fun we had with ol' Yeller... :lol:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/496528015/" title="Picture 113 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/496528015_bab83225b4.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Picture 113"></a>

Definately one of the rarer Toyotas on US soil! :wink:

Here's another one in Hawaii...

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3147409305/" title="PIC-0139 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/3147409305_8574ba78fe.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="PIC-0139"></a>

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Actually,my Celica is the rarest....there is only one exactly like it! :D

And my Supra and Hiace come to think of it! :lol:

(another lame joke)

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ben wrote:
hongkongphooey wrote:
ben wrote:
If you're gonna count those you'd have to count concept cars and test mules too.


Fair enough,so it's not the rarest,but it's still a great deal rarer than a Cavalier.....it was only a lame joke anyway! :D

. <-- My lame joke




:? <-- You

:lol:


Ok, sorry. I need to lighten up. I get that way when I think about people cutting off the tops of perfectly good 2000GTs to mimic something from a cheesy movie.

:lol: <--- Me, now.



Ben, I would give the Bond 2000GT's the nod as one of the rarest desirable Toyota cars. Although the top chopping is not normally desireable, it is immortalized on film at time when Japanese cars received little respect. Toyota went out of their way to track it down and acquire it from the Fukunaga family in Hawaii some time ago. It is one of the cars in their museum collection that seems to get the most interest.


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One of them is in a movie cars museum in Cumbria UK.

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hongkongphooey wrote:
One of them is in a movie cars museum in Cumbria UK.

That one isn't a real movie car tho. It's a very faithful replica of the movie car made from a real basket case of a rusty wrecked coupe (so chopping the top off it is far preferable to seeing it fade away).

From what I understand, the only known movie car in existence is the one in the Toyota Museum.

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hongkongphooey wrote:
One of them is in a movie cars museum in Cumbria UK.

That one isn't a real movie car tho. It's a very faithful replica of the movie car made from a real basket case of a rusty wrecked coupe (so chopping the top off it is far preferable to seeing it fade away).

From what I understand, the only known movie car in existence is the one in the Toyota Museum.


Not according to a TV programme i saw about it the other week......i guess they could've 'omitted' that piece of info though.

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Ah yes....it seem they missed out that piece of info on the tv show :roll:

http://www.carsofthestars.com/cotspg4.html#TGT

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2 cars were made for the James Bond movie.
Story behind the Bond 2000GT HERE and HERE

From what I understand via the 2000GT rumor-mill the actual second car is in the hands of a private collector and may surface soon...

4 other cars have been converted into convertibles:

Cars of the Stars 2000GT HERE - this car cotains some actual movie props.

Bob Tkacik collection custom 2000GT convertible HERE

Craig Zinn 2000GT collection with custom 2000GT convertible HERE

Japanese conversion HERE

You can translate the pages with Google or Babel Fish.

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Ben, I would give the Bond 2000GT's the nod as one of the rarest desirable Toyota cars. Although the top chopping is not normally desireable, it is immortalized on film at time when Japanese cars received little respect. Toyota went out of their way to track it down and acquire it from the Fukunaga family in Hawaii some time ago. It is one of the cars in their museum collection that seems to get the most interest.


I hear ya, but if I was a Ferrari nut I'd probably feel the same way about Magnum PI.

Every time I read something about the 2000GT in the press they mention its movie appearance, even if it's a 2-paragraph blurb. The car has many other qualities that make it notable, and I feel that it can stand on its own as a historic car. I'd probably say something about, oh I dunno, the 16 FIA international speed records it broke. ;) After all, articles about the Ferrari Daytona don't mention its appearance in Miami Vice as evidence of its significance. Incidentally, I think the Daytona looks much more like the 2000GT than the 2000GT does the Jaguar E-Type!

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After all, articles about the Ferrari Daytona don't mention its appearance in Miami Vice as evidence of its significance.


That was a fake one....apparently Ferrari were so disturbed by it they gave them the Testerossa they had in the later episodes.

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The Toyota Cavaliers are well known. A lot of the Cavi guys buy parts from them to put on their cars, especially the taillights & badging. The Toyota ones had a few extra interior bits that were slightly nicer than the Chevrolets, and power folding mirrors, that occasionally the J-body guys use.

They're "meh" cars. They're not particularly exciting or anything, but they really aren't bad cars either. Loads of them on the roads around here still.


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The rarest Toyota is the TA64 series. Only 200 were made. And there is only 1 factory convertible.


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hongkongphooey wrote:
ben wrote:
After all, articles about the Ferrari Daytona don't mention its appearance in Miami Vice as evidence of its significance.


That was a fake one....apparently Ferrari were so disturbed by it they gave them the Testerossa they had in the later episodes.


Yup,first one was a vette :twisted:


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