Friday, January 4, 2013

Toyota Sports 800 - 1969

TOYOTA SPORTS 800 ....

 




The Japanese company "Toyota Automatic Loom Works" was originally a textile factory and it is only several years after its foundation the company will convert the car. This transformation will happen in 1935 or the firm becomes " Toyota Motor Company ", whose avowed aim is to copy the best American models by adapting the Japanese market. Thus in 1936, the first car " Toyota "was born it was the AA model was in fact a copy of the Chrysler Airflow. After the war, from the 50s, " Toyota "will start a real business development by offering a range of passenger vehicles, commercial and utility extensive perfectly in line with market demands. This strategy will allow it to become in twenty years in the early 70's the third largest in the world behind the two U.S. giants General Motors and Ford following yet the most classic, medium cars, medium performance, robust engines but not very efficient, in a word, simple, robust and reliable ....



In the 60s, the Japanese manufacturer decided to take a bit of lace and very timidly trying to make some sports cars. The first sports brand will be very surprising Toyota Sports 800 . This is an attractive little sports coupe only 3.58 meters which is still a car virtually unknown to the public in Europe. Presented at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1964, it derives from the Publica, a small sedan popular reserved for the Japanese market. It is the evolution of the concept car called Publica Sports, Toyota had introduced in 1962. The 800 Sport benefits from a body that makes extensive use of aluminum (to bumper). It is nicely profiled the work of Shozo Sato, author of the designer lines of the first Datsun, Nissan loaned for the occasion. If her front evokes furiously 2000GT coming, well known for his role as James Bond because it is mainly the roof is noteworthy because very unusual and beautiful Toyota Sports 800 Targa uses a system well before the Porsche 911 of the same name, often cited as the origin ....




Launched in 1965, the Toyota Sports 800 is lightweight with 580 pounds on the scale because it uses massive aluminum. The rear axle is rigid and braking entrusted to four drums. Its overall style seems to have been inspired by Italian models designed by Pininfarina and Bertone designers as though his look is rather original and borrows nothing to Western cars, because in the end Shozo Sato has created a well balanced car and very pleasant in his air of manga. This small two-seater has tried to find a place among sports cars participating in competitions in Japan in the category of small cars or she won among others the 24 Hours of Fuji. With its removable roof Targa type the Toyota Sports 800 offers aerodynamic styling quite unusual for the time that will appeal to Japanese customers, especially as it is light and very agile because it is built on a rigid frame on which are mounted suspensions rather effective ....



Between 1965 and 1969, approximately 3,131 units of the Toyota Sports 800 were built primarily with the RHD. A very limited number of cars will be produced with the test LHD Toyota but ultimately decided not to export. During the four years of production mainly mechanical minor changes will emerge and only subtle styling details such as side lights. The suspension turned to traditional rigid axle suspended by leaf to the rear, while the front wheels are supported by independent torsion bars. Management is screw and roller and steel wheels are 12 inches in diameter. The interior is designed for only two people has a fairly minimalist interior, no radio and no luxury accessory, the seats are vinyl and floor covering is rubber. The instrumentation of the Toyota Sports 800 is still very complete with no less than six gauges for various functions ....



Regarding the engine of the Toyota Sports 800 , the car was not eligible to impress because as its name indicates, and as is so fashionable in Japan, the displacement brushes ridiculous. Made of light alloy, the flat-twin air-cooled reminiscent of the Panhard. The flat-twin engine has a displacement of 790 cm3, overhead valves and a camshaft side, it is a very classic design, in fact, it's practically a Beetle engine cut in half. With its two carburetors Aisin, it develops 49 horsepower at 5400 rpm / min. However, the performance against the capacity is good with 60 horsepower per liter and the compression ratio is 9:1. Because of its light weight, top speed is 160 km / h. Curiously, this little engine will then serve as an engine auxiliary air conditioning for Toyota bus. Transmission is ensured by a gearbox 4-speed all synchronized. Hardly exported outside Japan, Toyota Sports 800 became a model Vintage Classic highly sought after by collectors all over the world ....





Specifications:
  • Engine: 2-cylinder flat
  • Displacement: 790 cm3
  • Power: 49 hp at 5400 r / min
  • Cooling: air
  • Speed: 160 km / h
  • Weight: 580 pounds


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