Tiny targa: 1965 Toyota Sports 800 LHD


The Toyota Sports 800 was one of the first production cars featuring a lift-out roof panel, or targa top, pre-dating the more famous Porsche Targa.


This car was unvealed during the 1962 edition of the Tokyo Motor Show but then it had a weaker engine 700 cc engine than the definitive one installed on production cars. It clearly had the task to compete with other cars in its market segment like the Honda S600/800: this one is however much rarer and it is speculated that only 300 have been made with the LHD option like this one.


This particular car seems almost preserved apart from the paint which is clearly too shiny to be the original one. On the other hand interiors looks indeed original (even too much), including the beautiful seats upholstered with a “pied de poule” cloth. What we didn’t expect is how much this car is actually estimated: find it for sale at $69,900 here in Los Angeles, CA.

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