Thursday, 10 May 2012
This rare beauty was designed in collaboration with Yamaha, and built under licence by Yamaha between 1967-70. You'd be forgiven for not having seen one in the metal - only 351 of them were ever built. Often called 'the first Japanese supercar', it was a compact, front-engined, rear-wheel drive poppet of diminutive stature, with a low kerb-weight thanks to its aluminium construction and a roof just 46" from the ground. The engine was a 2.0-litre straight-six based on the Toyota Crown unit, but with a fancy Yamaha twin-cam head (kind of like an early BEAMS engine), sucking fuel through three twin-choke Solex carbs. It was racey, exotic, expensive (selling in the US for $6800; around $500 more than a Porsche 911) and, thanks to Yamaha's limited production capabilities, scarce.
The example you see here was shot by Dylan Leff, a photographer with an uncanny ability to blur the boundaries between reality and artifice without resorting to HDR; admit it, part of you was wondering whether this was a real car or a rendering... You can see more of his work here.
Posted by juice at 09:59