Hachi Roku, Middle Eastern Resurrection

A fellow enthusiast from KSA rumored (I hate using the word rumor) that, back in the days, less than 1200 units of Toyota AE86 were shipped to the middle east. Today, its hard to tell how many survived, its a rare sight to sport a hachi-roku in the whole of the GCC. Lately, it seems that several people in the region are valuing the quarter century old legend more than ever; with the following projects going on like the Red Trueno in the Dubai and the White drift project in Bahrain.

Added to the list is another Bahrain based mystery ‘1000 hp’ project with a gorgeous, what seems like a WR Blue, paint job & a set of Watanabes. As far as we know this shell has a 2JZ engine engine drop; mated to a 6speed Supra transmission, an HKS T51R turbo and an F-Con Vpro ecu. There is much more work to be done to get the car running as you notice in the photo of the engine bay below.

The project is on hold for now; one of the challenges is to figure out an interior for that car, which is something owners and mechanics complain about here as its a head-ache to sort it out for a car that is some 25 years old for a reasonable bill.

There are more AE86 hiding in the GCC region, we just need to find them.

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4 thoughts on “Hachi Roku, Middle Eastern Resurrection

  1. “There are more AE86 hiding in the GCC region, we just need to find them”

    I know some but the owners are not into sharing photos, I know 3 other 86s in ksa, 2 in Kuwait. Too bad non 4 sale.

    As for the 2jz in ae86, well some times too much power just ruin the fun.

    • “As for the 2jz in ae86, well some times too much power just ruin the fun.”

      I agree.. It would be too crazy to drop such setup into such a car. I really am not sure whats the purpose other than huge performance figures.

      I plan to travel to Bahrain one day and hunt for all the interesting cars & communities there..

    • A bit too wild of a creation but I had to share it… For the first time in history the AE86s here are starting to return back to life..

      & Nice to hear from other 86 communities abroad.

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