Toyota fans have a great chance to get their hands on a piece of motoring history in a charity auction for Comic Relief.
As an official partner to Red Nose Day, Toyota is inviting bids for two unique models from its UK heritage collection including a Supra which has been fully kitted and liveried to match the world-famous Sony Gran Turismo car and a crazy version of the 1990s Picnic MPV with a 2.0-litre turbo engine.
Toyota hope these stunning models will pull at the heartstrings of bidders and help boost Toyota’s mission to raise £1 million to support Comic Relief’s sterling work in the UK and Africa.
General Manager at Toyota, Scott Brownlee, said, “This is a truly one-off opportunity that we hope will attract lots of attention from the legions of Toyota fans. Both cars were developed here in the UK to demonstrate a more off-beat, street-savvy side to the brand.”
Bidding is now open and continues through till 13 March, when the winners will be revealed – the auction is being hosted on the Pistonheads website.
The Supra up for auction is one the last of the UK models – a 1996 version that’s been treated to a number of performance components. The 3.0-litre petrol engine puts out a massive 370bhp, driving the rear wheels through a four-speed auto transmission.
5x19 Ace 130 alloys are fitted with 235/35x19 tyres and a full body kit including boot spoiler, plus lowered suspensions using Eibach dampers.
This stunning Supra is finished in full Castrol racing livery which matches the look of the iconic Gran Turismo game car. Inside the cabin there is a matching full-leather interior and a booming Kenwood audio system feeding a suite of Memphis speakers through a 2,000W class D amplifier.
The Picnic was a typically ingenious Toyota MPV that was very popular with families in 1990s – Toyota GB’s PR team wanted to find out what would happen if the car was fitted with a 210bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine from the immense Celica GT-Four.
After some heavy tinkering by Toyota engineers, the result was the Picnic Sport Turbo that can get from 0-62mph in just 7.5 seconds and comes with lowered suspensions, a heavy-duty clutch and red leather interior.