Released date : 1967/ 8/22

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Grade Toyota 1600GT Corona Hardtop 1600S Corona 1600S
Model type
Model type RT55(RT55-M) RT51 RT40S
Curb mass(kg) 1030 980 965
Dimensions Length(mm) 4125 4125 4125
Width(mm) 1565 1565 1550
Height(mm) 1375 1375 1420
Wheelbase(mm) 2420 2420 2420
Engine Engine code R R R
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, OHV In-line 4-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 1587 1587 1587
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/110/6200 -/90/5800 -/90/5800
* 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 RT55, RT51, RT40S.
As the first Japanese Grand Prix in 1963 ignited the popularity of motor sports in Japan, domestic automakers launched sports models converted from existing sedans one after another, including the Isuzu Bellett 1600GT (April 1964), Prince Skyline 2000GT (May 1964), Hino Contessa 1300 Coupé (December 1964), and Datsun Bluebird SSS (May 1965). Toyota entered this market with the high-performance 1600GT that was based on the Corona hardtop, with the OHV twin-carburetor 4R engine for the Corona 1600S converted into the DOHC 9R engine (with two valves per cylinder) by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. The 1600GT came in two models: the GT-5 with a 5-speed transmission developed for the 2000GT, and the GT-4 with a 4-speed transmission.

The prototype of the 1600GT was modified into a racing model RT-X, which made a triumphant debut at the race celebrating the completion of the Fuji Speedway in 1966. The RT-X also won the Suzuka 12-hour endurance race in 1967. After the 1600GT was placed on the market the same year, the 1600GT-5 beat the reigning Skyline 2000GTB in the fifth Japanese Grand Prix in 1968, and went on to dominate Japanese touring car races for the next three years or so.
Plant Motomachi plant
"1600GT " stands for "Grand tour " of 1,600cc engine.

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