Leno tests out a Bond convertible

October 12, 2012 12:00 AM

If car enthusiasts could trade places with anyone in the world, they might seriously consider Jay Leno. The talk show host is known for his vast collection and love of automobiles, and he recently had the chance to get behind the wheel of James Bond's 1966 Toyota 2000GT.

During a trip to Japan, Leno headed to the Toyota Museum, where he had the opportunity to check out the 2000GT. The convertible is one of only two ever made and was specially commissioned for the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice."

According to Car Buzz, the rumor surrounding the convertible is that Sean Connery was too tall to fit comfortably into the car, so Toyota had to perform some vehicle maintenance and remove the roof in order to accommodate the actor. Even in its non-convertible form, only 350 2000GTs were made. While its rarity meant that Leno was limited to driving around the Toyota Museum's parking lot, it was still a thrill for the car lover.

As one of Toyota's earliest sports cars, the vehicle boasts a 5-speed manual engine and a gleaming white paint job. Today, the model could pull in well over half a million dollars on the open market. 

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