Toyota Sprinter KE 40

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Description: This 1968 Toyota Sprinter is prepared as a KE 15-S variant and has been campaigned in competition since the early 1970s, with included period photos showing the car running in CART support series

This 1968 Toyota Sprinter is prepared as a KE 15-S variant and has been campaigned in competition since the early 1970s, with included period photos showing the car running in CART support series events in downtown Vancouver, BC. Sold with period CASC (Canadian Automobile Sports Club) and modern SOVREN logbooks, the car has been recommissioned and last ran in competition at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Historics. Described by the seller as very quick with excellent handling, reliability and light controls, the car is estimated to be making 120 HP at the wheels from a rebuilt, break-in miles only race engine with all new bearings and high-compression pistons – more than adequate power for a 1,400 pound car. The sale also includes correspondence between the original builder and Toyota, period TRD parts catalogs, and a large collection of spares.

Toyota homologated the Sprinter for FIA competition as the KE 15-S. Bolt on fender flares are period pre-TRD items made of steel. Both doors as well as the trunk lid have been lightened with inner panels removed, and stock chrome bumpers have been fitted. Unusually for a racer, all trim remains intact and in good condition. Slotted mag wheels are supplemented by included BWA spares. There are both external and internal kill switches.

Here’s the car on-track during what is believed to have been a CART series support race in downtown Vancouver. Another, earlier black and white shot shows the car running autocross prior to conversion for road racing–check out the full gallery below for more. The car has working lights and side markers, and it may be possible to register it for the street.

The car is SOVREN regulations with safety equipment including a full cage and out-of-date harnesses. Other interior equipment includes a brake bias adjustment knob, and a full gauge package with digital fuel mixture gauge. Note the gutted OEM doors with wire pulls and kill switch on the dash.

Power comes from a freshly rebuilt, race spec Toyota 3K 1.2 liter four cylinder with all new bearings, rings, high compression pistons and shot-peened, fully balanced rotating internals. A simple eight valve, cam-in-block OHV design, the seller says it will rev to 9,000 RPM though he typically shifts at 8,000. Dual twin choke carbs are mounted on a factory intake manifold, and the build includes a flowed head with race spec valve springs and retainers, a custom ground Schadbolt cam, lightweight flywheel, baffled sump and a modified, high-flow oil pump. The transmission has also been rebuilt, and works in combo with a very effective Toyopet limited slip differential–itself a rare period race piece. The car can run on pump gas. The car is fitted with a Tilton hanging twin reservoir brake pedal assembly with a Willwood bias adjustment.

The adjustable race suspension runs a Panhard rod in back, and the seller says that brakes are strong and easily modulated despite being unboosted. Other rare TRD pieces include sway bars and a strut brace. A new oil cooler and radiator have been fitted as well, and the seller says that all controls are very light including the steering and clutch. Spares include a complete, disassembled race built bottom end, extra longblocks, NOS race pistons, additional, boxed clutches, an extra windshield and more. The sale includes the large collection of vintage participation badges seen above, original FIA homologation papers for the KE 15 S and KE 17, CASC logbook and current SOVREN logbook.

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