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.