The Toyota Sports 800 was the first production sports car by Toyota Motor Corporation and was launched in 1965.
It raced at a top speed of 160 km/hr. Having thin gauged steel and aluminum body panels, removable roof and seat frames, this car weighed just 580 kg.
The Toyota Sports 800 was also successful in the domestic racing circuit especially in long distance racing as its fuel economy engine worked to its advantage. An example of this was the famous 1967 Fuji 24 hour race (see image) when Toyota bagged all the 3 positions at the podium. The Toyota Sports 800 # 20 finished in 3rd position while the two Toyota 2000GTs that were more powerful, bagged the first two positions.
This right hand driven semi-convertible sporting delight was only built to be used in Japan and never sold or exported outside. There was however a special model created that was left-hand drive and was made specifically for members of the American Military stationed at Okinawa. Few of them took this model home to the USA when they were re-located.
This #20 diecast model is a replica of that event.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6.5 x 3.5 x 3|