Tuesday , November 24 2020

Toyota's Gazoo Racing restored a 1966 Sports 800 and it's great



Toyota will always be synonymous with the Supra name, but even before Supra was a glimpse into some engineers eye, there were sports 800. Toyota's Gazoo Racing motorsport division committed to restoring this Sports 800 because it has a special place in Toyota racing history – it won the first Suzuka 500 mile race in 1966.

Gazoo Racing's Japanese site describes the journey to Toyota Sports 800, which was found in a garage completely abandoned and aggravated. But the body's number revealed the car's true identity. This was not a civilian "Yotahachi", which the locals called the nickname the car. This was the No. 7 car that won the initial motorsport event.

1966 Toyota Sports 800 restored by Gazoo Racing

1966 Toyota Sports 800 restored by Gazoo Racing

The motor sport department explained the car's success story in the restoration reveals. Although the car was seriously down to power over its competitors – it only made 70 horsepower – the aerodynamic design and the low weight made it a winning formula. Rivals like Skyline GT, Lotus Elan, Datsun Fairlady and Honda S600 had to throw fuel during the race while Sports 800 continued. At the end of the race, 30 percent of the fuel was left in the tank.

Sports 800 was David and it took down several Goliaths.

1966 Toyota Sports 800 restored by Gazoo Racing

1966 Toyota Sports 800 restored by Gazoo Racing

Gazoo Racing followed the recovery process with great care after the car's discovery. The picture above shows that the car was in a bad condition and the team ended up rebuilding half of the body with new material. The crew also bent on rockers and the suspension assembly area in the process. The interior was restored with a "special seat" and dedicated gauge cluster. Meanwhile, Gazoo Racing completed the exterior in modern white, red and black colors from the team's livery scheme.

Everybody puts together, the car looks amazing. You can see a video on the restoration above, but unfortunately it is all in Japanese. Take the restored Sports 800 in all its glory anyway.


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