Toyota has announced that it will start making reproduction parts for the Supra and 2000GT. Even better, it says that the parts will be available both in Japan and “overseas,” which means that they will likely be coming to the US. Back in May 2019, we reported that Toyota announced a GR Heritage Parts Program for the A70 and A80 Supra. Today, Toyota added the 2000GT to the list. Here’s a rundown of what will be available initially.
The 2000GT’s list begins with some substantial items for the drivetrain. Gears and synchro hubs and sleeves for the 5-speed transmission will be available starting August 1, 2020. These will be followed by a gasket and oil seal kit, bearings, snap rings, thrust washers, and shift forks on September 1. Keep in mind, however, that the thrust washer and shift fork will only fit the MF10 early-type models. For the rear differential, Toyota is offering ring gear bolts starting September 1, with a pinon and ring gear set coming sometime in winter of 2020.
As for the A70 Supra, the parts include door handles and a fuel sender unit, both of which are available for order right now. Weatherstripping (yay!), a “SUPRA” hood badge, and driveshaft (whether automatic or manual transmission, Toyota did not specify at this time, but likely manual) will be available in winter 2020.
The A80 has only the door handles currently available, but a brake booster will arrive on August 1. Headlamps, which will allow restorers to replace 30-year0-old sun-faded units for fresh ones, will be added to the list in winter of 2020.
Toyota says that it’s currently preparing for manufacture with suppliers, in-house factories, and other related departments. Remade items will be available at Toyota dealers just like normal parts. However, due to scarcity, 2000GT parts will only be available to owners of the actual vehicle and in limited quantities to prevent resale.
The parts won’t come cheap. Door handles for the A70 and A80 Supra will retail for ¥33,000 each ($307 USD), the fuel sending unit ¥30,800 ($287), and the A70 hood badge alone will cost ¥50,000 ($465 USD). This may seem steep, but creating low-batch parts hailing from a pre-digital era is no small feat. Honda, for example, has outlined just how much effort goes into reproduction parts for the Beat and RC30, a struggle Toyota simply summarizes as, “The road to reprinting discontinued parts is not easy.”
While the list is short, Toyota will continue to add to it as the program gets off the ground. The company is taking suggestions on what to make next, and will prioritize production based on owner feedback. “Your voice will be the driving force behind the making of the next reproduction parts,” it says on the GR Heritage Parts website. You can submit a request with this form.
Back when the GR Heritage Parts Program was announced, Gazoo head and A80 owner Shigeki Tomoyama likened the program as a way to keep sports cars alive in a future of electric, autonomous, and ride-shared vehicles. “All horses that were once a means of transportation have been replaced by cars, but racehorses remain. There are people all over the world who love horses,” Tomoyama said. “The human desire to move freely, fast, and beautifully according to one’s will is universal… We have to pass on this DNA to the next generation.”