What’s the most famous Toyota in the world? From the 2000GT driven by James Bond, to the Supra that starred in “The Fast and the Furious”, there are plenty to choose from. We’ve compiled our Top 5 below – but that’s just the start. We want your nominations as part of a poll we are running on our facebook page.
The Supra was driven by Slap Jack (Michael Ealy) and was fitted with a Lexan panel on the bonnet, to show the engine underneath. Later, a roll cage was fitted, allowing the car to complete a spectacular jump over a bridge.
The star of Pixar’s smash hit animation Cars is Lightning McQueen – a NASCAR race car that gets lost in Middle America. But there’s a real Lightning McQueen racing in Japan. The car is based on the Toyota MR2 Spyder (or MR-S as it’s known in Japan) which was modified to run in Japan’s Super 300GT racing series.
The Toyota Hilux is known for being a tough cookie – thanks to our friends at Top Gear! Famously, Jeremy Clarkson bought an old 2.4 Litre Diesel Hilux and set it a number of challenges. The Hilux was drowned, dropped and set on fire! The footage speaks for itself and as some of you will know, as a testament to its versatility and resilience, the same model now sits on its own shrine at the Top Gear studio!
Anyone who watched TV in the 1970s will recognise the green superhero below… We love this picture of the Hulk picking up an RA20 Toyota Celica!
Our Top 5 list wouldn’t be complete without mention of James Bond and the 2000GT. You may remember from our recent blog post about the 2000GT, Sean Connery was too tall to fit in the car and filming of the interior shots proved tricky. As a result, the car was modified and so the 2000GT Roadster was born. There were two cars made to this specification and they remain the only two of this type in the world at this time.
That’s our list… What are your favourites? We are running a poll on our Facebook page. Follow the link to join in.