Toyota 800 1965 Seen one before? | Retro Rides

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Toyota Publica Sports

Post by japclassics on Nov 21, 2011 GMT

Successor None

Class car

Body style 2-door

2-door coupe

Layout FR

Engine 790cc 2U H2

Length mm (140.9 in)

Width 1,465 mm in)

Height 1,176 mm (46.3 in)

weight 580 kg (1,279 lb)

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The Toyota Sports 800 was Motor Corporation’s first sports car. The prototype for the 800, called the Toyota Sports, debuted at the 1962 Auto Show, featuring a age sliding canopy and utilizing the 21 kW (28 hp) train of the Toyota Publica a Japanese market economy The Toyota Sports 800 is affectionately the Yota-Hachi, which is a Japanese form for Toyota 8

In 1965, the car went into production, with chassis UP15 and an increase in engine from 700 cc to 800 cc, as well as dual which increased power 21 to 34 kW (28 to 45 hp). This engine was to power the light car around at 70 km/h (45 mph) or on a race up to about 160 km/h (100

The car had aerodynamic styling by Shozo a designer on loan from and Toyota engineer Tatsuo Hasegawa had been an aircraft in World War II and the resulting Sports 800 was a and agile machine.

The Sports 800 was one of the production cars featuring a roof panel, or targa pre-dating the Porsche Targa. The targa top could be stored in the when not in use.

Between and 1969 approximately 3,131 were built by the Kanto Works. Only about 10% of vehicles are known to have most being in Japan.

Toyota Publica Sports

Production Tables[where?] show cars manufactured in 1965, 703 in 538 in 1967, 440 in 1968, and 215 in 1969.

The majority of the 3,131 cars right hand drive, but 300 were left hand models, built primarily for the market. (Okinawa, having American occupied, drove on the side from the rest of A very limited number of hand drive cars used by Toyota to test in the US, but Toyota made a decision not to or sell the cars in the US market.

There are subtle design between the years. Noticeable have included: change from non-synchro to synchro gear in 1967; a grill and change in 1968; and side lights in 1969. The basic design, however, remained

An air-cooled 790 cc horizontally opposed boxer engine powered the The 0.8 liter 2U (45 bhp @ 5400) was produced 1965 through 1969, a similar 2U-B was produced 1966 through 1976 (in the Dyna Coaster Bus manual that Toyota used the as a separate auxiliary engine, to run the air conditioning unit for the bus). The 2U was used in the Publica (UP20/UP26) and (UP100).


Weight was kept down by aluminum on selected body and thin steel on the unibody For the first few years of production the seat frames were of aluminum.

There are both and American Registries on the Internet. are encouraged to register their

Toyota produced a one-off Sports 800 Gas Turbine Hybrid for the Tokyo Motor Show.

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