Japan's Alfa Romeo: The 1965 Toyota 800 Sport

If the 1965 2000GT was Toyota's answer to the Jag XKE, the 800 Sport could have been its Alfa Romeo GTA, were it not for a (yikes) two-cylinder 800cc motor and a top speed that hung around the high double-digits like a bored teenager at the mall. The Toyota Sports 800 was released in 1965 as an inexpensive sports model built for carving up twisty mountain roads (how it got up the mountains in the first place, we shudder to guess). Its design was purely Italian, drawing on the curvy shapes coming from the Bertone and Pininfarina shops as inspiration. The company never imported the 800 to the US market en masse, but some private citizens, quite a few being US servicemen stationed in Japan, brought them back as party favors.


1968 Toyota Sport 800
[Italspeed]

Toyota Sports 800 [Motorbase]

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