Toyota Sports 800

Released date : 1965/ 4/ 1

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Grade Toyota Sports 800
Model type
Model type UP15
Curb mass(kg) 580
Dimensions Length(mm) 3580
Width(mm) 1465
Height(mm) 1175
Wheelbase(mm) 2000
Engine Engine code U
Engine type Air-cooled, horizontally opposed 2-cylinder, twin-carburetor
Displacement(cm3) 790
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/45/5400
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are UP15(800).
The Toyota Sports 800, a production model of the Publica Sports concept car unveiled at the 1962 Tokyo Motor Show, was placed on the market in April 1965 as a compact and lightweight sports car with two seats.

In converting the concept car into the production model, the sliding canopy was replaced with regular doors and a detachable roof. By mounting a highly aerodynamic body on the Publica-based platform and substantially reducing the weight, the Toyota Sports 800 not only produced a maximum speed of 155 km/h but also achieved excellent fuel economy.

Because of its sports car-grade performance and the detachable roof that gave easy access to open-top driving, the Toyota Sports 800 proved very popular, mainly among young drivers. The car also performed extremely well in motor sports, especially in long distance races where its reliability and fuel economy worked to its advantage. In the Fuji 24-hour race in 1967, a Toyota Sports 800 finished third after two Toyota 2000GTs.
Plant Kanto Auto Works,Ltd.
"Sports 800" stands for "Sports coupe " of 800cc engine.

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