The Toyota 800 Sports is the Toyota 86’s grand daddy. The car was basically the 86 of its time & was the first production sports car Toyota ever made. Its a very rare care nowadays & only a few have survived.
The 800 Sports or “Yota-Hachi” (‘Toyota 8’ as its called in Japanese) is a small roadster with a aluminum targa top; powered by a 2 cylinder air-cooled boxer 800cc engine and using aluminum body panels to save weight, it was weighting some 580 kilograms. Basically the car was 1/2 a car in today’s standards.
The production started in 1965 and ended in 1969. It is rare to find one nowadays, some 3100 units were produced at the time and were only sold in Japan, with 300 units being left hand drive. It is believed that only 10% of the “Yota-Hachi” survived and most of them are in Japan.
And If you are wondering why 300 left hand drive models were made, it was because Onikawa was under the US military sanctions and the home of US military bases in the present day.
For a brief period of time, it was the only place in Japan where people drove on the right hand side of the road. That is why LHD models were built and that is one reason some of these cars managed to make it to the US. Like this model which might get a complete restoration in the future:
credit goes to Wikipedia for some of the facts and figures.