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1967 Toyota Sports 800

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The and iconic 2000GT was not the first car from Toyota. Rather, it was the Sports 800.

In 1955 Ministry of International Trade and encouraged the development of a so-called Car—a Japanese Beetle, if you Much of the postwar Japanese industry was based on licensing with overseas manufacturers, but wanted its automakers to undertake and development, along with independently.

MITI’s plan for cooperation on a single new vehicle. The balked and went off on their Toyota’s variation on the theme was the which launched in 1961 development got bogged down the original fwd architecture saw a detour to a rwd

A year after the launch of the two-door sedan, Toyota a prototype for a Publica-based sports car removable roof. The production would wait until but that still beat into production with we now know as the Targa top.

The sports car was called the Sports which took its name its sports car styling and 790-cc 2U a two-cylinder, horizontally opposed and little pumper. Fed by a single in the Publica, in the Sports 800 a pair of were used, boosting to some 45 hp.

By combining that engine a lightweight chassis and aerodynamic the Sports 800 was capable, Toyota of 90 mph and better than 50 mpg.

than two dozen Sports made their way to the United but the cars were popular at where they were as Yota-Hachi, a combination of the last in Toyota and the Japanese word for

Now Yota-Hachi might look something designed in Italy, and you have to squint too hard to see Saab Sonett in there but the car was created by Japanese aircraft Tatsuo Hasegawa.

The Sports 800 stands slightly than 46 inches tall, but it is than 141 inches long and than 58 inches wide. It 1279 pounds.

The car remained in until 1969. This Yota-Hachi (it was built for export) is by Marv Specter, who first saw a 800 on a visit to the Toyota museum in When Specter returned he found one, own-ed it for than a decade, then it and bought this one from its owner.

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With Specter’s experienced (he operates Specter Off Road in California, a major supplier of Land Cruiser parts) the manual choke, the two-cylinder fires and, once it the little sportster runs It is quite responsive and extremely

The Sports 800’s driver has a close to the pavement—view over a hood that has elevated mirrors set well out on the front Speaking of louvers, the vents in the provide airflow through the but comfortable interior.

The clutch has a pick-up and the four-speed manual is easy to manipulate—once the driver to be patient with the long from second to third Steering is quick, the turning miniscule.

The Sports 800 is fun to drive—at least on a trip. Specter says he ventures more than 45 from home in this Toyota.

In 1965 a Sports 800 won the All Car Club Championship race. Two later a Yota-Hachi finished behind a pair of 2000GTs in first 24-hour enduro.

brought five cars to year’s Goodwood Festival of in England. Along with a F1 car, an IMSA-winning Eagle, a GT-winning Supra and the 1999 Le runner-up, a Sports 800 racer its place among the celebrated

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