Toyota Sports Cars

July 29th, 2014 by

avalon_int_HYBLTD_Beige_v10ko_hd_ip_001Toyota is well known for having reliable vehicles you can depend on to last you for many years and they have a reputation for providing quality vehicles. In addition to manufacturing safe, reliable vehicles, Toyota’s are very economical and stylish, making them a great investment for anyone searching for a new or used vehicle.

When you hear people talking about a Toyota, it’s usually how attractive the body styles are or how long they’ve had their vehicle with no major problems. This reliability is one of the main things that made Toyota so popular but here’s something that you may not have heard about this company. Did you know that Toyota also played around with sports cars at one time?

This is something that car enthusiasts might know about but not the average person because it’s been a few years since the company dabbled in manufacturing sports cars.

Three Popular Toyota Sports Cars

You don’t hear the words sports cars and Toyota in the same sentence very often but they started experimenting with these vehicles in the 1960s. While they may not come out on top when compared to some of the sports cars on the market today, Toyota manufactured a few amazing vehicles that fell into this category.

Below are three of most popular sports cars Toyota manufactured:

  1. The Sports 800– Also known as the “YotaHachi”, was Toyota’s first 2-seater sports car and its production was limited to 3,131 vehicles. Toyota placed these vehicles on the market between 1965 and 1969 and they were designed with 45-hp engines. They got an average of 45 mpg, top speed was around 97 mph and you could only buy one in Japan.
  2. 2000GT– These sporty Toyotas are a collector’s dream. Often referred to as the “Japanese supercar”, there were only 351 original versions built and sold in Japan during 1967 to 1970. The 2.0-liter straight-6 engine reached top speeds of 135 MPH and it got great gas mileage. It was also featured in the James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice” and it was part of the racing scene.
  3. MR-2– These mid-engine 2-seater sports cars were manufactured between 1984 and 2007. It featured rear-wheel drive tilt steering, power mirrors, leather interiors and power windows were available. There were several model variations designed through the years and they are well known for being quick, precise and a smooth ride.

If you’re interested in a sporty car but the ones listed above are out of reach or not practical for you, there are other options. For example, you can consider purchasing the Toyota Yaris or the Avalon XLE Sedan. Both of these luxury vehicles are sleek and stylish.

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