– I used to wash cars and I worked
at gas stations, so when I could afford it, when I was 15, it was a 1959 Fiat 600
suicide doors and for $110, it just made me happy. It might have well have been a
Porsche, and it started from there and why I didn’t get off of that, I don’t know. My name is Scott Sylvester and
I’m driving a 1967 Toyota Sports 800. Not many people much at all about these
because they were only made for the Japanese market. And so in this case, the
total production was 3,131 over the four years they made them and only about 300 or
less were in the left hand drive. Coming out of the war, Japan was actually
making most of their cars under license to other manufacturers. They didn’t have
their own ideas and it was when the Japanese ministries decided we really
should build for our own needs because they had so a bad gas crisis, and their
roads were all small. These were the first of the fun sports
cars for the Japanese public. They chose the engine itself was already
had been produced for the public and believe it or not, it was also used in
certain buses in Tokyo. By choosing the Publica they then went to work by
stripping it down and putting different bodies on it and it was designed
at Datsun in the wind tunnel primarily because if they could cheat to
win, even with lower horse power over Honda, they actually could pull the Honda
at the higher speeds for long periods of time. Being mostly aluminum except for the
cyclinders, the upstep, the displacement to 800CCs, they doubled the carburetors,
it has two Aisan carburetors a fairly long [inaudibe 0:02:19]
and then they have Hotter cams, higher compression
and and offered four different gear ratios as well, depending upon what the
person was going to use it for. Take a look at the direct front nose.
Obviously, it has a small scoop area. It had a classic, design statement of
Toyota, with the lighting in board. That allowed them first of all,
to cover the headlights with plexi glass,
one of the only Japanese cars at the time to have done that but
take a look at the fenders. It’s rare to see the actual metal being shaped left and
right of the headlight. So the whole front is meant to capture as least amount of
air as possible. It had to be done all aerodynamic
and it had to be lighter by a couple hundred pounds
than anything else. So if you look at the hood, it’s
hand-turned aluminum. It has air outlets like you would see on hot rods. It has
actually aircraft aluminum seats. They look, with the rivets,
just like you would see on a period 1960s or 50s airplane.
This car weighs 1268 pounds. It takes a lot of engineering in
the 60s to hit something like that. It has a very lighthearted character. They
have a unique suspension on it, which probably gives a lot of it. Obviously, you can see that it has a low
center of gravity and because of that, it really doesn’t have a lot of swing or
sway. They have sufficient anti-sway bar up front, which is rather large actually,
for a Japanese car of it’s stock. It’s got much more room in it than one
would ever imagine, probably because of that tiny little engine sitting far
forward. It allowed them to put in the foot row and your feet
are basically straight out. In Japan, the Yodahachi
which is a kind of a slang for Toyota Eight
is an icon car for them. It is very difficult to find parts. However, through
Japan Options, I worked for all those years constantly looking for people who
had parts for these and I would one by one buy them. At the same time I was
dis-assembling it and waiting for the chance to put it back together
with the parts. So this might be one of the very, very few
restored in its condition. At the shows, the Japanese would
come up and just thank me for having a Yodahachi. You can’t get used to the feeling. The Toyota garners a really
different response The first thing is, it’s always,
“What is it?” But the second thing is, you hear them screaming, “It’s a Toyota?” It
says a lot for Toyota’s brand, that it means a lot to people when they see it’s a
Toyota but it really shakes their brain up a bit in confusion. Invariably, the questions come, “What are you going to do with these? Why do you
have them in the first place? What are you going to do with all of them?” But right
now, I’m just going to enjoy the heck out of them and I guess, I’m spoiled. I
spoiled myself by sticking with a few fun cars for a lot less money or about the
same for one big super car.

The Toyota Sports 800 Is The Forefather of Fun

100 thoughts on “The Toyota Sports 800 Is The Forefather of Fun

  • March 11, 2015 at 12:20 am
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    1258 lb = 572 kg  I'm pretty sure there are people heavier than that car!

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  • March 24, 2015 at 9:41 am
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    Beautifully shot and spoken!

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  • March 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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    What rim is that? They are beautiful

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  • March 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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    As an owner of a completely standard MR2 SW20 ,  I must say this is a fantastic Little Toyota you have!

    It reminds me of British Sports cars of the time ,     There is definitely a pinch of Healey Sprite in there!   Would love to see one!

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  • April 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    Old school toyotas are very underated, because when you think "classic" usually an american muscle car comes to mind.
    But classic japanese cars are just as nice!
    From this beutiful s800, to a datsun 510!
    I personally own a old school toyota myself, a 1985 celica gts, people ask me about it all the time.

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  • April 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm
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    This channel is just for rich driving glove pricks to show off there dads money

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  • April 12, 2015 at 6:06 am
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    shit car

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  • April 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm
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    Beautiful.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm
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    Does anybody know what watch he has on? Right in the first frame it's clear but I cannot see the logo or brand 🙁

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  • May 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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    Very nice. I get it, enjoy 😀

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  • May 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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    美しい!

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  • June 4, 2015 at 7:57 am
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    What is the car being driven in that Autodromo ad?

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  • June 9, 2015 at 5:19 am
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    This is a very uncommon targa car, excellent condition!

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  • June 22, 2015 at 5:36 am
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    Beautiful little car

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  • July 18, 2015 at 8:34 am
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    This is such a ridiculously cool car… and I can't believe how quiet and smooth it is for an 800cc vertical twin.

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  • August 24, 2015 at 12:56 am
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    It's a shame there aren't many of these. I think it'd be great with a 4age in it. Where are the kit car companies nowadays?

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  • August 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm
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    That car looks beautiful. A true classic

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  • September 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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    the thing that you can say about old cars is that old cars have souls not today's cars that the reason they were made so that they're makers earn lots of money

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  • October 3, 2015 at 1:19 am
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    Man, that is a gorgeous roadster. I love lightweight balanced cars. I would definitely buy one. Thanks for sharing

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  • October 9, 2015 at 2:37 am
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    Wow. Amazing car

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  • October 11, 2015 at 3:21 am
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    Kawaiii!!💛

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  • October 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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    Beautiful car, a credit to the owner. Love the fact that it's taken out and driven too.

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  • October 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm
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    This is always truly been one of my favorite cars the shame that there aren't more of them in America. I'd love to have the privilege of owning one.

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  • October 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm
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    purists may hate me but, CAN YOU IMAGINE A SR20DET IN THAT THING e.e i mean even a 3s beams that would be fun as heell

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  • November 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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    Great movie , lovely car . Thanks

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  • December 2, 2015 at 6:57 am
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    What a cool little car! Toyota of today suck 🙁

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  • December 25, 2015 at 9:44 am
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    That final part,driving that idealic road with the mountains on the background and the sun going down just gives you the urge to get out there in the world on my motorcycle

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  • January 17, 2016 at 2:08 am
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    Elegant, small, beautiful! It doesn't matter what's the pricetag on them, all the cars they have on Petrolicious are really cars I could fall in love with, easily. And I'm always happy to see people preserve them so well, instead of adding a lot of stuff to the cars that in truth just takes away from their iconic style and beauty. I think the electronics in a modern car weigh more than this whole piece of art as a whole.

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  • February 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm
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    ボンネット閉め方、屋根のはずし方、ハンドルの持ち方どれをとってもこのオーナーの方の車に対する愛情を感じる。英語がわからないのが悲しい。

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  • February 3, 2016 at 2:30 am
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    I'm in love!!!  Thank you for sharing.

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  • February 23, 2016 at 6:05 am
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    I have a Nissan Figaro and also a Toyota Sera. The Toyota Sera's came with Automatic Transmissions except for 150 that had a 5 speed manual. Total production was around 15,000 ! They built 20,000 Nissan Figaro's.

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  • March 16, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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    coooool car!

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  • April 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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    This car is actually 300 lbs. lighter than the Honda S800.

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  • June 6, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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    GT86's ancestor!

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  • June 30, 2016 at 10:55 pm
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    one of the coolest toyota cars EVER, besides the landcruiser fj40 and the 2000gt

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  • July 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm
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    That's the coolest Toyota EVER!

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  • July 22, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    That's a great piece of Toyota History you have there! Drive it well, and find a home for it that'll display it for the years to come.

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  • September 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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    nice car

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  • September 23, 2016 at 7:27 am
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    my dad own one of these. we are in the middle of restoring it. it is very difficult to find parts. the rubbers are worn out especially.

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  • November 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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    thats so beautiful

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  • November 8, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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    Much more beautiful then a Lotus Elan.

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  • November 13, 2016 at 1:43 am
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    A wonderful story, well told and filmed with music to match.

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  • December 7, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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    sweet

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  • February 3, 2017 at 4:13 am
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    would it be possible to make reproduction parts for this. or is there is such a small market so its not viable.

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  • February 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    Please feature the classic 2000GT 🙂

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  • February 21, 2017 at 5:47 am
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    Wow! One of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen! I love love LOVE this car! Well done!

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  • February 25, 2017 at 4:57 am
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    Awesome car! I lose an average of 20 minutes of sleep every night because this channel always grabs me. This is a perfect example of such a cool under the radar kind of car story and exactly another 6:18 of less sleep for me. Oh well, this one was certainly worth it

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  • March 10, 2017 at 6:33 am
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    it has a very Italian feel, in some areas, esp. that rear…beautiful, just hate the (add on?) bumpers, i totally understand why you'd want them, however.

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  • April 11, 2017 at 12:46 am
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    Such a pretty car

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  • May 15, 2017 at 1:31 am
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    A clip of the Toyota 2000 GT would make petrolicious complete!

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  • June 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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    I don't know man. This car just doesn't appeal to me. I like the back of it, as it reminds me of a the legendary jaguar 1960 e type. But the front of the car looks rather tasteless and disappointing.

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  • June 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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    in the intro shot… is it intentional nod to the ryan gosling in drive?)

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  • June 22, 2017 at 12:16 am
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    I absolutely love this car 😍

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  • August 15, 2017 at 6:30 am
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    i never seen one it is beautiful )

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  • August 17, 2017 at 9:43 am
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    what a timeless beauty

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  • August 19, 2017 at 8:42 am
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    So this is the Miata's Grandfather

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  • August 25, 2017 at 6:20 am
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    Wow that's close to just half the weight of my aw11. This thing must be a blast to drive. Awesome review 😀

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  • September 8, 2017 at 9:20 am
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    ヨタハチ!
    yotahati!

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  • October 15, 2017 at 2:11 am
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    Those red seats are beautiful and I miss cars with unique interior switches like at 4:50

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  • November 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    Wow. That was incredible.

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  • December 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm
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    This is an insanely great idea! I bigger version of this sports car may have done well in the USA (keeping the same profile). Toyota, where is your playfulness?

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  • December 28, 2017 at 10:13 am
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    It's a ToyMota

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  • January 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    that is a SWEET little car!

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  • January 12, 2018 at 6:15 am
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    I had not watched this in a long time. Paying more attention to detail, I saw an Isetta in one corner. This man is clearly of the quirky disposition. Bless him for it!

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  • January 18, 2018 at 1:57 am
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    This channel makes the smoking tire and Matt ferrrah look like a hobo.

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  • January 30, 2018 at 7:22 pm
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    what's the name of the first song? That one with the bells.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 9:34 am
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    Everything this owner said is the reason why I love my 67bug. Awesome footage as usual

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  • February 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm
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    I never knew Toyota made this.

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  • March 11, 2018 at 5:23 am
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    kanto auto works manufactured
    関東自動車工業株式会社 製造

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  • April 30, 2018 at 3:50 pm
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    This thing is BEAUTIFUL. Nobody can tell me today's cars have the same level of thought behind them.

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  • May 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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    よかねぇヨタハチ。

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  • June 24, 2018 at 7:45 am
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    Salute to you Sir! You are one lucky guy! Very Nice work there! :-))

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  • July 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm
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    I wonder why they made 300 LHD models even though it was only made for the Japanese market ..

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  • October 10, 2018 at 11:46 pm
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    My dream cars: Toyota sports 800, Toyota 2000GT, Nissan Fairlady 240z, Alfa Romeo Spider 1967, Honda s800, Hakosuka GTR, Datsun 510 2door, Honda NSX and many many more which is hard to get. 🙁 I only have my hyundai, but I still love it. 🙂

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  • October 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    WTH SO CUTE AWESOME!I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO THIS CAR!IDK TOYOTA MAKE LIKE THIS CAR BEFORE.A VERY SMALL SUPERCAR.I CAN SAY ITS THE BABY LEGEND 2000GT WHEN TOYOTA GIVE BIRTH TO IT THEN ADULT IS THE 2000GT THEN THEIR MOTHER GIVE BIRTH AGAIN AND SO MANY FATHERS LOL BUT THE TOYOTA'S BABY SUPERCAR IS ALWAYS NICE AND TOUGH

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  • November 20, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    does anyone know if there's a company that makes replicas of these? i have a certain idea involving a yamaha sportbike engine…

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  • November 28, 2018 at 10:30 am
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    This must be the most beautiful vehicle Toyota's ever made!

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  • December 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm
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    Hi,

    I am stariting to restore one LHd, and I will need help with parts, can you ask Acoot if you can pass me some links or advises? best regards

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  • January 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Toyota makes its money from super reliable family saloons and SUV’s and middle class people movers. But truly, if they wish, they can make world beater standard bearer cars of any kind they choose. Their efficiency is legendary and they are obsessed with quality and predictability. Two things the general world is very keen on indeed, across the spectrum….
    Think on it, this car oozes Italian style – for the uninitiated, it could just as easily been designed by Zagato, Pininfarina, Bertone, Vignale or any one else of that level…
    Remember James Bonds You Only Live Twice and that gorgeous Toyota 2000 GT…..

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  • January 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    If Fiat would have imported something this cute the second time around to the US instead of the egg shapes they used they might not have been a flop. Along with better reliability.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    So cute, and so nicely restored! I had a 67' LHD until 2000' or so. Was a bit of a tight fit for my 6'2" frame. I had a ton of NOS parts in the original boxes. Shouldn't have sold it! Something I didn't realize until recently, it was almost a complete knockoff of a European design.

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    The S800 is way to cool.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Racing division of Toyota called "Gazoo" recently restomodded original racing version – Chassis number "UP15-10007" that ran 1966 first Suzuka 500km race that was discovered. Awesome story.
    https://youtu.be/tJ2D1VzbjdE

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  • March 2, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    Absolutely STUNNING.

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  • May 5, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    It looks like a Zagato design .. one of the Lancias / Alfas

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  • May 26, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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    Hi Scott it’s Jake I was wondering if you have a video with our isetta in it

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  • May 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    We are taking care of the isetta it is so much fun

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  • June 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Can't wait when this car comes to gran turismo sport June update 2019 Toyota sport 800 with detail interior 👍😍

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  • June 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Small, light agile little cars are quick and so much fun to drive. Colin Chapman thought so too.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    As a lifelong Toyota fan I would love them to make something like this again; 2 seater fun car, maybe with the fab Aygo 3 pot engine, stripped down to basics and ideal for weekend and day trips. Doesn't need to be fast but look fantastic. I always say "It's not about the speed, it's about the style!"

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  • July 2, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    Saw one of these today in Murfreesboro TN at an Old Chicago, had no idea what i was looking at but loved it.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Wow, what a beautiful car!

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  • July 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    Wow! Fun indeed – cool little car! And the video is of course up to the high Petrolicious standards.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    “Offered 4 different gear ratios, depending on what the person was gonna use it for” damn they really were ahead of their time wtf

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  • July 31, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    Funny design. Very good taste Scott.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    Fascinating little car! Was that a Daihatsu Compagno roadster parked next to it in the garage?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    Surely this car is a lot more fun to drive than a supercar.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    "THAT'S A TOYOTA!??"
    Yeah, Toyota used to be one of the cool kids back then

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  • September 1, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    Truly unique design, headlights reminiscent of a legend 2000GT. 1970s Corollas are the next shoe to drop, get them now.

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