Collections: LHD Toyota Sports 800

September 14, 2015 in collections

This Toyota Sports 800 was one of the highlights of the memory lane at the Dutch Toyota 50th anniversary last year. The car originates from Belgium and the owner is a Belgian Toyota dealer. He comforted me that he has enough parts to build another one.
Collections: Toyota Sports 800
Now you may wonder how it can be that this car is a left hand drive car. Did it get converted to left hand drive? No. This car is one of 300 that actually was built left hand drive by Toyota.

Even though toying with the idea to sell it in the US market Toyota actually only sold the Sports 800 in Japan. Read the rest of this entry →

Puzzle: how did they get there with this Toyota S800?

September 21, 2014 in puzzle

Once again I was just aimlessly browsing through photos and bookmarks I made and I encountered this photo of two girls, a guy and a Toyota S800:

So it puzzled me: how did the three get there with that Toyota S800? I saw one in real life and that made me aware of the fact that fitting two average persons in a Toyota S800 is a real challenge, let alone three!

Well, when I looked futher on the Flickr page I found the answer: Read the rest of this entry →

Picture of the week: Sporting the 800

September 20, 2012 in picture of the week

Toyota released the Sports 800 as their first production sports car. To underline its purpose they put a picture in the brochure of the TMSC Racing Sports 800:
Toyota Sports 800
Now that looks like a whole lot of fun to drive!
Remember that this was fifteen years before the Toyota Fun to drive slogan arrived!

Found at Gazoo

Ebay treasures: German Toyota Sports 800

January 9, 2012 in ebay treasures

I spotted this Ebay treasure a few days ago on AEU86. The German user fax0815 found this Toyota Sports 800 on Ebay kleinanzeigen (small ads) for a mere 7000 euros!
German Toyota sport 800
Just imagine: for only 7000 euros you can own one of the most sought after Toyotas! And according to doggy its price has dropped from 9900 euros to 7000 euros already!

Obviously there is a drawback: it is not really in a good shape… See also this picture in what shape driver side is: Read the rest of this entry →

Video: 1966 Third Japanese Grandprix prequel

June 27, 2011 in video

This prequel to the 1966 third Japanese Grandprix held at Fuji International Speedway is a great rendering of the era back then: no fear, real men with big engined cars, the Prince r380 and, of course, the big rival Porsche!

I also found it a bit weird that the Jaguar E-Type got so much attention compared to the Honda S800 and Toyota Sports 800. Then again: the Nissan Skyline C10 still had to arrive…

Direct link to video: old fujispeedway旧富士スピードウェイ original 6km full course 30°bank1966open!